[rant]Kane County did get one 1vote. Switcheroo is not Twine either and also got 1vote. Cape is Raconteur and got the same thing.
The Problems Compound had one person rating it 1/10, what are we to make to that? Was it the same person, thinking it was a web game? Was it someone else? Was it someone who disliked wordplay, or Andrew personally? Was it honest?
I don’t think we have enough information to start really assuming what it’s all about, or even that it WAS all the same person (though it seems likely), so again I have to wonder whether it’s worth all this. Lots of IFDB games have strange ratings.
So there was a little noise in the voting, to the tune of possibly two people (more likely one). Is it really that big a deal? They got drowned out.
EDIT - An interesting amount of games that got 1 also got at least one person voting 10. We’re not going to start reading into that too, are we?
EDIT 2 - No game gets universal acclaim. Birdland is imaginative and particularly well-written, but it’s also a specific slice-of-life that probably won’t appeal to everyone, not everyone plays IF for slice-of-life. This is just an example (because three examples were mentioned and this is the only one I’ve played). We should take that into account. Maybe there is Twinophobia. Or maybe someone just voted what they honestly thought the game was worth. Maybe that person played it through and then rated it, maybe they took a look at the first two screens and dismissed it. Again - this is not something that can be controlled, it’s part of the voting process, and that person has a right to form their opinion and then act on it (as long as they don’t pontificate on the game they didn’t play; they’re even free to be quite vocal about why they dismissed it, if they stick to the bits they saw. Maybe they’ll even get told what a game they missed and will be encouraged to try again!).
The rules already did a good job of addressing this, it seems. So now we take the results. Trying to shame the voters, or looking at the results with an eye looking for sabotage without any knowledge of how those votes came to be there, and whether it even was the same person… is that really useful?
Let’s say that Jason could get the IPs of the person/people who voted 1 for those games, because it’s the logical next step so that we stop talking about hypotheticals. Is that really something you want to do? Show people that your vote can get you in trouble after it’s tallied if you didn’t conform to what people thought you should have voted?
See why I think this may be a problematic stance?[/rant]
EDIT 3 - On retrospect, I may also be playing a part in giving this incident more attention than it deserves, so I’ve put it all in rant tags. I get carried away, as everyone knows by now…