Lightning Draws

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Post » Mon May 19, 2014 11:33 am

@Tom - Is it possible for you to please explain to me how @aruche is always managing to claim the lightning draw badge almost every time there's a new release, and usually within a matter of seconds? Either this guy is an unknown developer who is testing out the download after uploading it, or they're using some kind of hack.

In any case, they're just mining those reputation points, and taking the spot away from others who actually have a fighting chance. I used to find it quite fun to download as quickly as possible to get a badge, but with guys like this just snapping them up, what's the point?

r163 - aruche - 3.526 seconds
r164.2 - aruche - 40.983 seconds
r165 - aruche - 58.347 seconds
r166 - aruche - 4.576 seconds
r167 - aruche - 4.35 seconds
r168 - aruche - 4.027 seconds
r169 - aruche - 3.277 seconds

Give me a break. Can't stand hackers.
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Post » Mon May 19, 2014 12:21 pm

Is this for real? aruche must be Ashley's favorite :)

Here's a few thoughts.
I can usually guess when Ashley is going to make a release as he suddenly becomes VERY active in the Bugs section, trying to squash as many as possible.

The release also nearly always takes place on a Friday.

So my guess is some people could be using 'Auto Refresh' hacks on a potential URL - i.e. the next should be 'https://www.scirra.com/construct2/releases/r170' - and this means they will nearly always be the first to get the release.

It should be easy enough for Tom to check if this is happening, and if so, stomp on it very hard!
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Post » Mon May 19, 2014 1:24 pm

If you look at his profile , he has 23 lightning draws , now what's the odds of that !
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Post » Mon May 19, 2014 1:52 pm

Surely this would bump up his reputation, allowing him to get a high rep without really doing much of anything. Strangely, he also has 23 quick draws. 40 posts, and over 5000 rep.
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Post » Mon May 26, 2014 2:56 pm

That reminds me of The Lightning Thief.
My guess is that it is done using wget shell script or browser based download manager.
The server should know the user cookie in order to identify the winner.
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Post » Mon May 26, 2014 3:57 pm

I'd love to know how the notification e-mails are sent out - the one time I've managed to grab a medal for a download I noticed by e-mail was received about 4 minutes after the lightning draw times, are they sent in batches? Or do certain mail providers take longer to vet mass e-mails?

Either way the download race has always amused me, I think it's great fun!
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Post » Mon May 26, 2014 8:53 pm

Mr E Bear wrote:I'd love to know how the notification e-mails are sent out - the one time I've managed to grab a medal for a download I noticed by e-mail was received about 4 minutes after the lightning draw times, are they sent in batches? Or do certain mail providers take longer to vet mass e-mails?

Either way the download race has always amused me, I think it's great fun!


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Post » Mon May 26, 2014 10:18 pm

Mr E Bear wrote:Either way the download race has always amused me, I think it's great fun!


I think it's great fun too! But only if it's fair. Reputation is a good way of letting people know at a glance how much they use the software. This aruche is a newbie that's taking advantage.
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Post » Tue May 27, 2014 8:16 am

Could also be that he is an active twitter follower... I managed the lightning draw with the last release, as I have a plugin in my browser which instantly notices me of a new tweet... saw it, clicked the link and downloaded.
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Post » Tue May 27, 2014 8:56 am

Ubivis wrote:Could also be that he is an active twitter follower... I managed the lightning draw with the last release, as I have a plugin in my browser which instantly notices me of a new tweet... saw it, clicked the link and downloaded.


7 times in a row? Most approximately around 4 seconds? That's some very unlikely fast reactions.
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