This is a system I hope to use for real works of fiction written by myself, with an audience far wider than the OTT. The voting is a way of gauging how much interest people have, and what their response is to individual chapters. I want it to be as quick and simple to use (click a button) because a barrier to entry reduces response. On one hand I'm not too concerned about people finding ways to vote multiple times by using multiple devices: if they like it that much, they're welcome to it. But I would like to prevent people from botting the votes. This is because votes will count towards the update speed. (Or more correctly, the size of updates.) Mind you, the logarithmic nature of the update size means they'd need a ridiculous amount of botting to make the chapter go faster than I could write. But it kinda ruin the point of what I'm trying to do, by swamping the real human activity with fake bot activity. (Maybe we just need someone to throw bicycles at the robots.)mrob27 wrote:Eternal Density wrote:The next main feature I need to develop is to allow readers to assign some kind of rating to completed chapters. […]
That's a good reason for having a servers. It's going to be tough to meet all those goals. Even if c**kies were guaranteed to stick around, or with some other thing that is known to stick around, what would prevent me using all my old devices to vote multiple times? I could even borrow a friend's mobile or ask them to vote for me.
Of course, you could do what the government does and ask for lots of personal information which is then securely verified (how?). That seems like too much work.
How about just asking us to PM you, and then you could count the votes manually?
That's not all. The story can have formatting (though there isn't any in the neural network output. That's something I haven't taught it yet.) because it uses a html file. So not only am I increasing the length of a html file every 15 minutes, but I have to increase the length of the visible text of the html file. So it has to account for the formatting tags. It can't just chop of the first n characters. I had to invent an algorithm to find the first n visible characters of any html structure. It works pretty well!
StoryAdvancer decree: help advance the 'story'!