Editor's note: This opinion piece is in response to But in short, people are voting too much - about a 1,000 votes an hour - for a contest where the winner gets nothing. It's funny, sad and now I've got a request for our readers.
There isn't a limit to how many straws you can take from a McDonald’s counter. There also isn’t a limit to how many Equals you take for your coffee.
But we know taking all of them is wrong.
The same holds true when voting on a kid’s athletic accomplishment.
Here’s a factoid: One of the first things a college recruiter does is Google a prospective athlete’s name. And guess what pops up? Patch Athlete of the Week. Some of those recruiters may wonder why athlete X only got 230 votes while their competitor got 13,568.
The above is just an example. And it’s something our readers should think about.
I’ll be honest; I could care less if someone voted 20 times throughout the whole week. Sometimes you get an extra vote, and if you use it, then that’s OK - this is supposed to be fun.
But when people maliciously manipulate the system to the point that they’re casting a 1,000 votes an hour, then everything becomes broken.
Our engineering team is one of the best and brightest. They are aware of the issue and are working on a solution. In the meantime, we ask that you don’t cheat the system.
I can assure you our nominees want to win, but they probably want to win legitimately.
Thanks to our readers for pointing this out. I’m curious to see how this plays out next week.