This article on ReadWriteWeb is interesting: This Game Is Fixed! Democratized Content v. Voting Rings Some of you disgruntled former and current T61’ers might want to read it. TheSixtyOne is trying to hire a programmer who can stop voting rings consisting of sockpuppets and/or bots that automatically vote up certain content for an unfair advantage. To be honest, if we were still in the pre-Jan. 20 world, I probably would be excited by this story. I do think there was a certain amount of that going on. I’m not going to name names, but there were certain bad artists whose performance in the charts made no sense to me. However… I think it was less of a problem than James and Sam thought it was. Most of the charted music was still excellent. I also think some people did things innocently that got misidentified as vote-rigging. Furthermore, it’s now pretty much irrelevant, isn’t it? With what they’ve done to the site, taking away the user’s ability to choose songs to play, and cutting out all the listener/artist interaction we used to have, there’s not much of a game left to cheat. If you did cheat and got in the charts right now, not too many people would even notice, as it’s quite dead at the moment. Maybe they’re planning to go back to the way it was, but who would trust them? Not me.