Unless a bunch of fake accounts are created (this would be noticed in the end I reckon), there's basically a limit to how many shorts will ever get in. For the most part, people are only watching films that enter the list. They watch those films and many check them without favouriting them (as they are very old shorts that won't meet the normal "favourites criteria for most people). By watching them and not favouriting them, the ratio gets worse and some fall off the list. Others replace them and go through the same cycle. There are some exceptions which enter the list and get more genuine favourites. My basic point is that there's a very limited overall number of shorts that will ever enter the list and the vast majority will just be shorts cycling in and out of the list. Those shorts will eventually reach a point where everyone who is working on the list has checked them (as they are simply ones re-entering the list) and then the whole list will settle down. Anyone faking favourites is simply speeding up that process unfairly.xianjiro wrote: ↑January 5th, 2023, 7:35 pmhope you're right, but we do have a few people on the site whose motives are less than honorable. Will see. Certainly less interesting right now than the Speaker of the House circus.AdamH wrote: ↑January 5th, 2023, 7:31 pmI'm pretty certain it will settle down after a couple of months. There's a limit to how many shorts can enter the list. What will happen is the same shorts (plus a tiny number of new ones) will keep entering/re-entering and get more checks and favourites and then the gap to the non-official shorts will get bigger and bigger. What jlfitz is doing simply makes it harder for the non-list films to get in. It's worth noting that, whilst 12 new shorts entered the list on the last update, at least a couple of them were re-entering. I think a high percentage of the changes will be films re-entering rather than brand new shorts.xianjiro wrote: ↑January 5th, 2023, 7:25 pm
and so it begins ...
I was a bit disappointed when I saw that films with a handful of favorites would become official on a volatile list. Can't say I'm surprised someone would be gaming the gamification. If this continues, those lists effected should be locked/only updated twice a month max. Granted, that won't stop attempted manipulation, but will give the rest of of us time to see things.
There is absolutely no source for people checking the non-list shorts (beyond the small number in official lists which have, largely, been official for years). There aren't any new releases (obviously) and there's no reason for 99.9% of users on the site to ever watch the non-list pre-1910 shorts so there's basically no way for them to ever suddenly enter the list which is why it will be a cycle of probably 125-150 or so shorts going in and out of the list.