I am convinced that some users simply fail to appreciate that they are most always dealing with other real people on the other sides of their computer screens. Surely, I think to myself, folks would never be this dishonest and petty if they were not convinced that cheating somehow doesn’t count when you do it online for play money. It was an ugly situation in the #SocialEmpire group.
A long time Empire Avenue player who runs a charitable organization was complaining that he had created a very high value mission offering 50,000 eaves to folks who donated $25 to his charity. He gave away a lot of play money and only three folks made the reciprocal donation to his charity. A member of the Empire Avenue staff popped in and mentioned that they can help in this sort of situation. Several folks pointed out that all users who offer missions can make them contingent on being a member of a particular Empire Avenue community, and if you have a closed community, you can carefully control whom the mission funds go to. The gentleman who had lost 1.5 million eaves (who is btw a very nice guy and whom I consider a friend) vented a bit more, and then one of my other friends took offense. Some days social media(tion) is not so fun :)
However the problem, which the guy who lost a boat load of eaves complained about, is a real and growing problem. My friend Gaye Crispin told me she recently lost 100,000 eaves offering a simple re-tweet mission. While I have been genuinely thrilled with all of the visitors missions have attracted to this blog, I certainly share my friends’ frustrations with folks who just take the eaves and ignore the instructions. So I was pleased when Gaye announced she is forming the Missionaries Community on Empire Avenue. I have run several missions now, paying extra to require that the mission be open only to this community. The first two worked pretty well, but the third one….I was really disappointed that so many folks took my thousand eaves and didn’t even do the simple re-tweet that was the easy alternative for my mission.
And so I have been playing whack a mole again, blocking the folks who took my play money but didn’t bother to even send a simple re-tweet as I asked. I suppose I will have to let Gaye know about the worst of the cheaters in her group, which was specifically set up to save us from the legions of cheaters. Sometimes…..social media games really suck.