The Great Manipulator

It’s funny how our alienating parent constantly accuses others of behavior she, herself, is actually “guilty” of.  Well, let me rephrase that:  if it weren’t so sad, it would be funny how our alienating parent constantly accuses others …..

Remember the comment she left on a photo on the website she joined after she knew I was posting there?  About people manipulating the photos?

Here’s a little background information about that particular website:  it had communities and each community had a section which would display the day’s most popular photos.  The photos would appear in the “Most Popular” section after people would give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down.  Once you gave a photo a thumbs up or thumbs down, you could not “vote” on that particular photo any more.  Unless, of course, you logged out.  Once you did that, and logged back in, you could give the original photo another thumbs up or thumbs down.

With that in mind, check out the stat logs from our alienating parent, when she was at work.

Lincoln Electric log

We know where she works and when this activity started appearing, we obviously knew who was behind it.  As you can see, she would repeatedly log in, go to one of my photos (which was probably in the “Most Popular” section for the day), spend a second there (giving it a thumbs down perhaps?), log off — only to immediately log back on and repeat the sequence again. On this day alone, she did it seven times in a matter of minutes!

Guess the evidence shows who was actually manipulating the photos, doesn’t it?

It’s one thing to sit on your lunch hour and try and mess with the most popular photos on a website. I’m sure she’s not the only one doing it, or other similar antics. But the hard part to understand is why does she then go on to accuse others of manipulating the standings of the photos, when — as everyone can plainly see — she was doing it herself?

If someone could explain that to us, we’d really appreciate it because we don’t understand this behavior at all.


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