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We have received so many great entries for the Scarf Dress Challenge; it’s truly amazing to see your creativity. Now it is up to you to decide who will win the brand new BERNINA activa 210 sewing machine. You have until the 30th of September to vote for your favorite project in the Scarf Dress Challenge slideshow. What are you waiting for? Get voting!

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    Oct 8, 2009, 02.35 AMby cakebaker

    After entering the contest, I felt it was a bit like a popularity contest. With the share button there – allowing you to post it to facebook, twitter, etc. it was obvious that the one who could GET the most votes would win – nnot necessarily the best dress. I am not ashamed to admit that I won my votes honestly, by asking my facebook family and tweeters to vote, as well as the followers of my craft blog and all my email friends too. I felt really excited in the first day or two – but never knew you could vote once a day or spam vote like that. I am so glad they decided to use a panel of judges and told my husband I would be entering the new skirt contest because of that reason. I think the dress that was chosen was beautiful, and I am very happy for the winners. I am also proud of myself for trying a new technique(smocking) and love my new dress(and the photos from my “shoot”!) Thanks BurdaStyle!

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    Oct 4, 2009, 11.28 PMby jay-net

    I didn’t enter, but made a dress that my daughter loves and learned a new skill – she just wouldn’t cooperate with the photo shoot. I loved the curtain dress and voted for it (once) because the design of it really appeals to me, but almost every entry had something to learn from, in creative design or execution.

    I appreciate the effort that everyone made so that the broader sewing community could learn something – it really is an amazing portfolio of dresses, isn’t it?

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    Oct 4, 2009, 06.41 PMby susanne2011

    I saw the discussion about this contest. What I think is weird is that so many people here write that they were asking their friends to vote on their creations. I understand everyone wants to have a new machine (I do too!), but I don’t think this is a fair way of voting for the nicest dress. In this way the person who has the biggest social network or the highest number of ‘friends’ on facebook or Myspace will win, even if her/his creation is badly put together. The winner should be the one that creates the most beautiful creation, with the best craftmanship, original design idea etc., not because this person has a large (virtual) network of friends. So in other words, I think these contests should be judged by a jury made up of professionals.

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      Oct 7, 2009, 03.35 AMby crazydavises

      I thought that getting friends to vote was kind of the point of this type of contest (voting contests) — more friends is more publicity for BurdaStyle, and contests are a good way to advertise. If it wasn’t an advertising technique, BurdaStyle would have required that voters be registered members of BurdaStyle to vote, then limited each member to one vote — like craftster does.

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      Oct 7, 2009, 08.12 AMby susanne2011

      @ crazydavises:

      I guess you’re right, maybe it is just some sort of advertisement for Burdastyle?

      I still think that choosing the nicest dress should depend on the design (how original is it?), the techniques used, how it is executed etc., and not how many friends a contestant has. That doesn’t necessarily mean someone has to be extremely experienced in sewing, even coming up with a fresh new idea of how to wear scarfs is likely to score points. Asking your friends to vote completely ignores all these points mentioned above. This is a website about sewing! Why would people that don’t have Facebook or Myspace account even think about entering a competition with a voting system based on their popularity instead of their sewing skills?

      Ah well, maybe it is just me that thinks like this.

      I agree with you that the system that Crafster uses for competitions seems like a better solution. Or just using a professional jury.

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    Oct 1, 2009, 07.24 PMby nottelling

    First, to all the contestants, you created some wonderful items and you all deserved to win for you hard work alone.

    Second, The person that, ended up with the most votes, had nothing to with the mass voting. Please don’t chastise her as she had no knowledge of what was going on. Nor did she ask for these mass votes. Please stop calling her a cheater and do not hold this against her in this web community.

    Third, The system is totally susceptible to this event for all future contests. the voting system need to be totally rewritten. The ability to do this was very simple and only required one machine and a stardard web browser, it did not even consume enough resources stop other surfing and computer functions. Had this been run through a Bot or more machines it could have put votes in the millions and brought down the server. The mass amounts of votes, much as the other person confessed was a response to other people’s voting. I only started mass voting as response to other people’s voting. There was no chance of ANYONE winning this legitimately. only after the massive “cheating” did the system problem come to light. In the beginning those that were voting multiple times, were voting just enough to get ahead, they are the ones that would have won. had this contest gone to the finish point it would have simply been the last person that squeezed votes in. Also remember this a popularity contest and not a true judged contest. it is not about who has the best item, but who can get the most people to vote for them. That in itself is not a true judgment of talent.

    I apologize for the confusion that this has caused, I can only hope it serves to make the future contests better. To site administrators please don’t hold peoples reactive behaviors against them. I am probably the only person that knows who really started the voting war, because that person started reacting and competing with my votes. However the talent represented by these creations should not devalued by a technical problem.

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      Oct 1, 2009, 11.08 PMby janegirl

      Thank you. I should be mad but I’m not anymore, just relieved that you came forward and grateful for all the encouragement I have recieved from members.

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    Oct 1, 2009, 05.03 PMby alden

    Hi Everyone, We agree with you that there was something fishy going on with the voting, that is why we will be adjusting how the winner is chosen. There will be more details soon. Best Alden

    ps feel free to message me/contact me with any questions!

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    Oct 1, 2009, 01.25 PMby crazydavises

    PS. I’m glad to see in your note that they’ve decided to not honor the voting process in this contest!

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    Oct 1, 2009, 01.23 PMby crazydavises

    So I thought I would log in with my opinion/story now that the contest is actually over. Not in an effort to justify myself, just to see if I can still be a member of the community.

    I joined BurdaStyle for this contest — I didn’t even really know this community existed. I made the curtain dress, and was proud of the way it turned out. But when I saw the “Scaly” dress, I knew that I wouldn’t win, and didn’t really think that I deserved to win either. She did a LOT of work on that dress. I just threw something together.

    That said, when my votes and her votes were so close, I decided to run for it, so I posted to my facebook page a link to vote for me, asking people to vote, and asking them to spread the word (after all — it’s a really nice prize, and my machine is pushing 40 years old). I didn’t notice that others were spam voting very early, and when I did, I was really shocked to notice that my own votes were sky rocketing. I had pointed out to some friends (not on facebook though) that if your browser denied cookies, you could vote and revote in three clicks. I didn’t think that many people would figure that out, and I asked my friends not to abuse that fact. On facebook I posted that you were allowed to vote once a day because I saw that a cookie was set by BurdaStyle to expire daily.

    Now I agree with you that it looks like I ran a bot. And I suspect that one was running that voted for me for a while — is it really possible to get a thousand votes in an hour? Yikes. (I’m embarrassed as I write it).

    At the same time, I didn’t run a program to vote for me. I don’t even have any idea how to do such a thing. Nor do I want to know :)

    So, I really don’t know. I just want you as a community to know that I did not intend to cheat. I know that some, maybe many, of my friends voted more than once a day. And it’s okay with me if I get disqualified for that. But I would like to join this community anyway, and enjoy your company. I don’t want a “cheater” or a “bad person” reputation, so I hope that we can move past this contest and still be friends and appreciate each others beautiful work.

    Damiana_designs, you deserve to win. You know that, and so do I. I honestly don’t know if either of us will — I’m certainly not expecting to. And I’m really glad that they have chosen not to honor the voting process!

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      Oct 1, 2009, 05.49 PMby wzrdreams

      Wow. Thank you for coming clean. I for one appreciate your honesty and have no hard feelings. Welcome to the community.

      I noticed early on that something fishy was going on. I had not idea you could vote more than once and told my friends as much. I thought you could perhaps vote from different IP addresses, but I have no idea how these things work and I would never dream of cheating. I had fun with the contest and would love a Bernina, but I also saw that some of the cometition was pretty stiff so I decided that it wasn’t worth getting in a personal huff about since I was unlikely to win fairly anyway. (I followed the basic instructions – no modifications and no time for a fancy photoshoot) I was dissapointed that a cheater might win, but I’m delighted to see that is not the case.

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    Oct 1, 2009, 01.22 PMby crazydavises

    So I thought I would log in with my opinion/story now that the contest is actually over. Not in an effort to justify myself, just to see if I can still be a member of the community.

    I joined BurdaStyle for this contest — I didn’t even really know this community existed. I made the curtain dress, and was proud of the way it turned out. But when I saw the “Scaly” dress, I knew that I wouldn’t win, and didn’t really think that I deserved to win either. She did a LOT of work on that dress. I just threw something together.

    That said, when my votes and her votes were so close, I decided to run for it, so I posted to my facebook page a link to vote for me, asking people to vote, and asking them to spread the word (after all — it’s a really nice prize, and my machine is pushing 40 years old). I didn’t notice that others were spam voting very early, and when I did, I was really shocked to notice that my own votes were sky rocketing. I had pointed out to some friends (not on facebook though) that if your browser denied cookies, you could vote and revote in three clicks. I didn’t think that many people would figure that out, and I asked my friends not to abuse that fact. On facebook I posted that you were allowed to vote once a day because I saw that a cookie was set by BurdaStyle to expire daily.

    Now I agree with you that it looks like I ran a bot. And I suspect that one was running that voted for me for a while — is it really possible to get a thousand votes in an hour? Yikes. (I’m embarrassed as I write it).

    At the same time, I didn’t run a program to vote for me. I don’t even have any idea how to do such a thing. Nor do I want to know :)

    So, I really don’t know. I just want you as a community to know that I did not intend to cheat. I know that some, maybe many, of my friends voted more than once a day. And it’s okay with me if I get disqualified for that. But I would like to join this community anyway, and enjoy your company. I don’t want a “cheater” or a “bad person” reputation, so I hope that we can move past this contest and still be friends and appreciate each others beautiful work.

    Damiana_designs, you deserve to win. You know that, and so do I. I honestly don’t know if either of us will — I’m certainly not expecting to.

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    Oct 1, 2009, 05.41 AMby deshale

    Wooo Hooo!!!!!! I just got a message from Burda Style! My entry was disqualified for artificial voting! So that means … you know who’s was too as well as anyone else who’s submission was spam voted! Looky!!!!

    ======== Thank you for your submission to the Scarf Dress Challenge brought to you by BERNINA. We are thrilled with all the beautiful submissions for the contest, including yours.

    Unfortunately, we suspect that the voting of your entry has been compromised, due to its extremely high voting numbers. Your entry at the time of this email has accrued 166,906 votes, which is not our norm.

    We are forced to not honor the voting process for this particular contest and BERNINA will be choosing a winner in the next week.

    Thank you for your support in this situation. If you have any questions, please let us know.

    Warmest Regards,

    The BurdaStyle Team Answers@burdastyle.com ====== That was in my email when I logged on this evening!!! I’m soo happy!

    I wish Burda Style had let us know that they wouldn’t be counting artificial votes before I got so frustrated I did what I did. No harm done I wouldn’t have won anyhow there were entries far better than mine entered. This letter though is a relief!

    points and laughs at the Spam voters

    Ha ha ha ha

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      Oct 1, 2009, 03.07 PMby damianadesigns

      Now at least everything will be fair, no matter who wins. Bernina will pick a deserving recipient, there’s no doubt about it. I wish everyone luck! There is justice in the world, yay!

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    Oct 1, 2009, 02.10 AMby coveredbydesign

    I am curious to know how they plan to announce the winner. I mean I think they are just ignoring us.

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    Sep 30, 2009, 10.53 PMby deshale

    I have given up the fight. To those of you who saw what I was attempting to do and helped me, thank you! Your efforts were noticed and apreciated.

    First off I want it known I didn’t start spam voting till it was clear that this person would win unless Burda Style did something and by their silence it’s pretty obvious they had no intentions of doing so. So Monday evening I began to try to force the issue. I have failed.

    I didn’t plan to win when I started my campain, I just wanted Burda Style to DO something. Disqualify those involve, restart the voting with clear rules idk something!

    I don’t need a sewing machine badly enough to cheat others to get it. I never would have did what I did if the Administrators at Burda Style had taken a stance of some kind but they have done nothing. I had so much fun at the start of this contest. I learned something new, I saw some fantastic designs and got some great ideas. It was exciting and fun! When the voting started it was fun and exciting too, I like others told all my friends and family to come and vote.

    Then a few days later I was shocked to see someone oviously cheating, shortly followed by another. Then to my total disgust someone else joined in on the cheating and took it too a whole new level. To those of you who started the spam voting … you know who you are … you ruined a great contest. This contest has probably become an embarrassment to Burda Style .. as it should be. For God’s sakes think of something! If you can’t disqualify those who were spam voting because theres no rule against it then Bann us or something! If we’re banned from Burda Style then we can’t legally be in the contest right?

    We’re all begging you Burda Style .. DO something!

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    Sep 30, 2009, 09.01 PMby damianadesigns

    Just a note about this whole thing. I put a ton of heart and soul and time into my dress in hopes of winning a new machine, my current machine works, but it is by no means a nice one—it does most of what I want, but I do have to fight with it sometimes. I went to a lot of effort in hopes of earning a prize of a machine that I genuinely need. I have given up my hopes with this contest. Since there were such vague guidelines and voting rules, there’s no surprise that what has happened happened. At least I have a cool dress out of the whole thing, but it is really disappointing when I was hoping that the work of the designers and sewers would speak for themselves and the voting would reflect that. I was sorely wrong and have learned a valuable lesson, as I hope BurdaStyle has as well. Next time I will look closely at what I’m getting myself into with a competition before I put my whole self into it.

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      Oct 1, 2009, 05.30 AMby deshale

      I did too .. before the spam voting started. I’m really sorry I got involved in that. I just got so angry that she would win it that way. I wanted to make it harder for her and hopefully make the Administrators take notice.

      This whole contest just sickens me. It was so fun and exciting at first then it turned into this. You are very talented and your entry probably would have won if this hadn’t of happened.

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    Sep 29, 2009, 11.51 PMby kasia26

    My Scarf Dress was not included in the contest, either. Is there a reason?

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      Oct 1, 2009, 04.58 PMby alden

      Hey Kasia,
      That’s really weird, i specifically remember uploading it, I will make sure it goes to the judges

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      Oct 2, 2009, 12.25 PMby kasia26

      thank you, alden!

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    Sep 29, 2009, 11.51 PMby kasia26

    My Scarf Dress was not included in the contest, either. Is there a reason?

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      Sep 30, 2009, 03.26 PMby deshale

      Yours was one of the ones I adored too! I want to know how you did that! My daughter wants me to make one for her like that.

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    Sep 29, 2009, 11.29 AMby coveredbydesign

    I am very disappointed as well, I had a lot of friends and family vote at the beginning and said they could vote daily. I am at 199 and I thought that was pretty good, then I look yesterday and somebody has 40,000? Obviously that isn’t right, I am going to be proud that I got all of mine from actual people and that I made a good start. Then note to self “too many cheaters to enter a contest again”. I hope that every time they sew they think of how unethical it was.

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    Sep 28, 2009, 10.51 PMby deshale

    Silence from Burda Style? Does this mean the spam voters aren’t breaking the rules?

    If this is a spam voting contest instead of a sewing contest … I think I can win that …

    It makes me sick to my stomach when I think about trying to beat those cheaters at their own game.

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      Sep 30, 2009, 03.24 PMby deshale

      Well I tried to beat the cheaters at their own game.

      However she’s botted herself over 110,000 votes this morning. There is no way I can possibly catch up with that even if I wanted to!
      I don’t want the damn sewing machine anymore. Heck I have 3 good sewing machines now … 4 if you count the embroidery machine too! I was going to donate the dang thing to the local high school which has a Fashion Design course on the off chance I did beat her and Burda didn’t disqualify me and all the other spam voters like they should!

      I only joined in on the spam voting in the hopes that it would make Burda Style reconsider and disqualify everyone involved! Or at the very least stop the current voting and start it again with CLEAR voting rules that make if fair for everyone.

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    Sep 28, 2009, 07.41 PMby shell12

    um…“someone” has almost 40,000 votes in less than a day?? obviously running a script vote. time to change the voting rules burda style. i agree with amygunter…have a panel of judges decide the winner.

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      Sep 30, 2009, 12.39 AMby crazydavises

      Humorous that this has been marked as inappropriate when the real inappropriateness is two-fold. (a) having a contest without rules (b) failure to respond to legitimate concerns about the judging process.
      My suggestion. Since the site uses google analytics, it should be able to determine page visits on each entry by unique address. Than the judge could limit the votes on that specific entry to the maximum unique visits. That is, if a specific entry page receives, let say, 40,200 visits a day and 200 are unique than that days votes would be limited to 200, as a single server (read ‘voting bot’) had provided all the other ‘traffic’. In this way the judges could determine an approximation of an actual voting tally.

      Please note, there is nothing objectionable about this post unless you are running a voting bot and are afraid to lose based on real people votes.

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      Sep 30, 2009, 02.49 PMby deshale

      Idk … If I was that person I’d be afraid to report it and bring it to Burda Style’s Attention.

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