You still sound like you’re trying to put a spin on it…
You weren’t just helping them vote, though… you were helping them vote for you. If they didn’t know how to vote, they didn’t know how to check out the competition and see if they were really voting for the best site.
Then why register an account on the forum just to complain that your “fun” didn’t work out the way you wanted?
Do you think it would seem like the right thing to do if you were to create multiple forum users here, one for each friend/client, then post here under those names to agree with your original post? Sounds silly doesn’t it? Yet you could use the exact same logic for doing that as you used for voting from their accounts.
Or look at it this way… How many other sites are listed in the panel? How many sites were disqualified for people voting from multiple accounts?
Which of these seems most likely to explain that:
Pretty much everyone knows not to vote from other accounts.
No one else has a single friend/client that can’t figure out how to vote.
Everyone else hates their friends/clients and refused to log in and vote from their accounts.
You’d probably get more votes from fellow Dreamhosters if you were to focus on the quality of the site, then have a sig link and contribute to (not spam) the forum… then you will from begging for votes or voting from other accounts.
That way, you might attract people that have a genuine interest in your site that might vote for it without even being asked. Or if it’s a business site, maybe even gain a few clients/customers/etc…
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