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Users gaming the Pinside achievement system

By flynnibus

3 months ago

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    #34 3 months ago

    It looks like a lot of these recent additions to the Pinside map are from adding in location data from Pinballmap.com

    This may not be near as nefarious as some think

    #41 3 months ago
    Quoted from flynnibus:

    In this case... i reached out to the user... inquiring the reason behind the rash of edits in a region they aren't even associated with. They didn't reply. I reached out to robin to make sure it wasn't some automation gone awry and maybe associating to that user in error. He replied and confirmed it was not some automation issue. The locations then were deleted (again not by robin). User books a bunch of achievements that day... and does not reply to PM.
    You make your own judgment...

    Obviously you have put some thought into this, maybe multiple people are updating and we are talking about different users?

    I see these changes from a Maryland user updating locations in Pittsburgh, Huntington WV, Savannah GA (and others, this is only what I verified)
    8Y active Pinsider
    Pinside plus donator
    5.5k posts
    99% thumbs up
    The locations that I spot checked all match up to Pinball Map
    They HAVE NOT been deleted from Pinside as of today
    I doubt somebody could manually update this many locations quickly so just assuming he is using some sort of automation

    Just doesn't seem like the work of a spammer/hacker/run of the mill Pinside A-hole

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