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Old Dec 17, 2009, 06:22 AM
Vile Vile is offline
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Originally Posted by quintin3265 View Post
I disagree, however, that public posting of IP addresses is a huge security risk.
I would like to disagree with you there. A list of IP addresses means active ones to port scan. Generally someone will ping an IP before port scanning, and if the router doesn't respond to a ping (as most have the option not to nowadays), then they won't scan for open ports. Having a public list of IPs, which can be grabbed by any old bot, is just a bad idea.

Also, I believe the privacy statement on the site clearly states:
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I do think your idea about analysing the distribution of votes is a good idea, but I really think the only way to run the competition in the future would be with a panel of judges. A way I've seen work in the past has been:

4 judges and 1 guest judge (generally the winner of the previous competition). Each listens to the songs and give their top 5 (or 3, depending on the amount of entries). Winners are worked out from that.

It might be somewhat difficult to pick 4 unbiased judges, but it would be no where near the headache you probably have over trying to ensure there's no cheating with public votes.