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Campaign Trail by Blue

July 21st, 2007 1:03 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Run for SFZero senatorial office. Lay out your platform. Engage in vicious mudslinging against your opponents and reveal secrets from their sordid past. Curry political favors from the powerful SFZero Players' Union. Take promo photographs of you kissing babies and shaking hands with community leaders.

If you receive 25 votes on this task you will be elected and sworn in. You will receive a senatorial badge (). You may then select a congressional committee and subcommitte (e.g. Ways and Means:Oversight, Appropriations:Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, etc.) and pass pork barrel legislation to benefit members of your group. The committee and subcommittee you select should reflect your character's personal goals within SFZero and your methodology for achieving those goals.

I do believe I am the first person to get a high score and a Big Red X… That deserves a vote doesn't it?


My platform is a platform of fear, manipulation, corporate sponsorship and election Rigging.
A bloodless coup if you will.

Even though I will get less votes than my opponent I will still take office.

Why I won't need your vote to win this campaign.

My strategy is that my mind can not be changed.
And Ignorance will never mean non-compliance.

When I am doing something that the public does not like I will simply redefine it without mentioning it so that I can say with certainty that I am not doing it.

My Vice President, Mr. DIck Cheney will retire from Halliburton to serve the American people. It is absolutly out of the question that his severance package worth $34 million is a conflct of interest to his duties to the people. Or that his $398,548(and growing) in deferred compensation from Halliburton while Vice President will make his morals more flexible. After all just look at everything that man has done for the environment

I don't believe what any penguin could tell you.

If you do not follow me the terrorist will win!

But I am the best candidate because you won't even have to vote for to me win!!

- smaller

53 vote(s)


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31 comment(s)

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posted by YellowBear on July 21st, 2007 3:27 PM

cheatin your way into office, just like your namesake. I like it.

maybe you'll get your genuine
posted by Cthulhu Kitty on July 21st, 2007 4:00 PM

25 votes now for your shameless cheating!

I attest…
posted by Blue on July 21st, 2007 10:04 PM

Cheating?!? There is no such thing on SFØ!!!
I have never seen an SFØ rulebook posted anywhere.
There are only guidelines and peer review.
Some people BS about it… I simply test the limits.
However in this instance there was only one peer to review
and his flag comes down a little harder then some of the other players.

Whatever… in order to step in a new direction you must make some missed steps.
I am just here to push the boundaries of whatever I can; including the game itself!

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posted by Malaysian Eddy on July 22nd, 2007 10:25 AM

Oh man...I love this!

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posted by SNORLAX on July 22nd, 2007 12:07 PM

not cheating?

even with the flag, you still keep the 20-something votes

thats not too cool

Like I said all there is is peer review.
posted by Blue on July 22nd, 2007 12:43 PM

I have never read anywhere that this is something that was against some rule.
Also… I was flaged and then they voted… once again peer review.
The only votes that stayed are the ones I got after the flag from Sean.(4 votes).
All the peers don't necessarily agree. I am simply testing boundaries.
That freedom is a sign of democracy and the waves it makes are simply a sign of the democratic process.

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posted by SNORLAX on July 22nd, 2007 2:49 PM

"The only votes that stayed are the ones I got after the flag from Sean"

not exactly. they show up on your vote list and i think all time total as well.

i guess thats [edit] GWB's democracy....

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posted by SNORLAX on July 22nd, 2007 3:09 PM

this makes me wonder. can a flagged task get highscore_60.gif if it has more votes than the same non-flagged task?

i suspect so, i think i remember seeing highscore_60.gif on my futility task when there were others that hadn't been flagged. but i'm not sure.

Cheating or not cheating...that is the question
posted by Cthulhu Kitty on July 22nd, 2007 4:47 PM

Granted, there are not a lot of rules to this here game, but I sorta felt that there was an unwritten code of conduct if you will, that says, among other things, making up accounts to vote for yourself is downright despicable. But, I know of at least three people, all of them high scorers, that have an alter-ego or two. And, I have seen two of those individuals use those alter egos to vote for a task (though not their own) more than once. Is this wrong? I kinda think so, yes.

Now, this task however, I feel the cheating is part of the task - it works with it hand in hand, form following function. This is politics we are talking about, after all. And it is definitely blatant. I like it; it works IN THIS INSTANCE ONLY. Hence the vote.

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posted by SNORLAX on July 22nd, 2007 4:54 PM

i assume you're referring partly to mr. bigglesworth. you're right by the way, but he does actually like poon.

still i think giving YOURSELF 25 votes is taking that to a whole other level. i was entertained so i voted, but still giving yourself 25 votes that go to your total just doesn't seem fair no matter how i look at it

To be clear
posted by Cthulhu Kitty on July 22nd, 2007 5:04 PM

yes, Mr. bigglesworth, Carpe Poon, and all though this may spark some debate, Henry and Eleanor. But, I have never really felt that any of those characters were used to blatantly "cheat."

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posted by travelbug on July 22nd, 2007 6:26 PM

i'm with president socks. the votes were part of the task, IN THIS INSTANCE. Besides, really, who cares about the points. they are just a means to spur everyone on, not an end in and of themselves. give the man his points back.

I love the debate…
posted by Blue on July 22nd, 2007 9:30 PM

I love the debate this has sparked.
It is my whole motivation for blatantly cheating(as you call it).
In case you have not noticed I like to toy around being the devils advocate.
I mean if it really frustrated you that I cheat on an online game why don't you get out there and start busting the balls of some real life cheaters!!!

One thing I am glad that came up is the superfluous nature of the point system. Who cares if it is 10 points or 100 points your throwing yourself. It is more about the nature of the cheat; so what if I did it on a grander scale than anyone ever thought to before. To me the epicness of a completion will always overshadow the point total for said task. And in a perfect world said epic task completion and high pointage will be synonymous. And for the most part it is, Lank I love you. But some times it isn't, I mean Orion was fricking attacked playing SFØ that is way cooler than mine.

However, there have also been instances(I am speaking of players like Vicky Venom) Where players have risen to the upper echelons of pointdome without any epicness to be seen. The result… peer backlash, mixed with constructive criticism.

i think the true loss here is not the epic free Praxis page but one that effects the SFØ community on a much deeper level. That being the loss of a player who stumbled upon SFØ was a little over eager(score driven) and became disheartened by overly critical SFØ players.

Please do not take this to severely fellow SFØ'ers but I think that sometimes we can get a little to overzealous about the way SFØ should be played when we offer little but the praxis page to suggest how this game should be played. I think as a community we can sound insecure when we should sound inviting. If a new player doesn't play like you think they should Good, play Scientologistbut instead convert them into a beautiful SFØ maniac through sheer inspiration. For every completion you see that you hate do one that is inspiring!!! Only allowing examples for guidelines while still expecting people to break into new territories and grow as a person while growing their character may be a little to much for the players who would give and get the most from the game; those who get really obsessed right away.

Am I one of those? No.
But I like to push peoples buttons and then remind them that it is only a game to get people to explore how they actually feel about things.

I have a dream that one day SFØ will be as well known as such worthless wastes of time as Myspa©e. And that where this game is begining to sprout on foreign soil, one day it will be a world wide extravaganza!!! and the moderators will be millionaires II think that measuredly testing the game, while it is in(what I see as) its incubus, is a way of strengthening it and supporting it.

If it ever does blow up to that level this kind of measured tests on the games infrastructure would be one thing that help refine the idea of exactly what the game is, while allowing for the game to still be open ended and open to interpretation(its pure beauty)

You Can't Cheat In a Game With No Rules...
posted by YellowBear on July 22nd, 2007 10:52 PM

A very interesting situation, i'm not sure exactly what I think of it all quite yet. In the case of this task specifically I view the creation of extra characters and their voting as an integral part of this completion being good. I appreciate the ammount of time it took to create them, name them and get them pictures. And since it fits in with the theme of our dear current president I think its great. I agree that those votes probably shouldn't be considered toward your total, in consideration to those that find such things important, but I do sort of wish I had thought of doing this. As for the general practice of voting for your own completions for the sole general purpose of being a point whore, both dispicable and pointless (sorry, I couldn't resist). Let the approval/anger (if that is your intent) of our peers speak for itself as evidence of success.

this is a good debate
posted by SNORLAX on July 23rd, 2007 12:43 AM

this got the high score icon!

for the record: ultimately, i don't have a real problem with this. i actually enjoyed it (i should have expressed that earlier, sorry).

i think my problem is that i hold votes as somewhat sacred. i could care less about points. i think votes mean much more about how awesome a task is.

i'll also concede that this is an exception for self-voting. i still have mixed feelings about this task having (at time of writing) one of these: highscore_60.gif

but "start busting the balls of some real life cheaters!!!" what am i supposed to say to that?

my opinion...
posted by Cthulhu Kitty on July 23rd, 2007 2:53 AM

I don't think Dubya should get credit for the votes he created for himself, nor do I think this task should get the high score icon. (at this time, anyway.)
I do think it would be cool if the made up votes could be integrated into his proof and not counted as real votes, and the big red X be removed. That way, Dubya can keep the points and votes given to him by us players and perhaps even earn a place in the great senate.

posted by Blue on July 24th, 2007 8:38 AM

Well it seams I have created a conundrum.
However, I refuse to Unsubmit and Re-submit this task.
Although, the other campaigns went on for a while.
Perhaps I need to rally some support?!!?

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posted by Sean Mahan on August 3rd, 2007 11:43 AM

The problem is that this is one thing to do once, but it's just an internet joke. And now some equally clever person is making accounts for "famous" philosophers - will the result be equally LOLz? They mis-spelled Kierkegaard, I guess that's funny.

SFZero doesn't ask for email addresses so that players can be as anonymous as they'd like to be, not so everyone can have sock puppet and celebrity accounts.

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posted by Charlie Fish on September 27th, 2007 1:41 AM

My vote for the subversive creativity and inspiring debate. Don't think you should be Senator though!

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posted by Bex. on September 27th, 2007 2:43 AM

alright fine. vote. It is well-done, carefully thought-out, interesting, and overt cheating.
But I get the heebie jeebies thinking I cast a vote for a Dubya. Yeeeech.

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posted by Blue on October 26th, 2007 8:41 AM

Still just 7 real votes shy!

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posted by The Vixen on November 27th, 2007 12:58 AM

I had to... 5 more to go!!

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posted by Blue on December 11th, 2007 6:34 PM

Still just five more votes away from stealing a senatorship…

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posted by The Vixen on December 11th, 2007 6:43 PM


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posted by JTony Loves Brains on December 27th, 2007 11:59 PM

Ya got my vote. Dubya doesn't, but you do!
I say yes to senatorship, yes to high score, and no to copycats! Once is great and true and worth seeing/doing/voting. Anyone else should be shot (down). Clearly it isn't about votes and points and anything on those lines. It is about the beauty of stretching the task as far as you can, to make it epic. That's what got my vote.

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posted by Blue on February 4th, 2008 12:40 PM

Oh shit...
You see that professors?
Only one vote left!
Better get that senator badge polished up for me!

Faking it.
posted by Your PinUp on February 4th, 2008 3:59 PM

Sock puppets aren't cool. :::giggle:::

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posted by Blue on February 5th, 2008 1:15 AM

Badge Me!!!

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on February 5th, 2008 7:33 AM

Yeah, badger him already!

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posted by Blue on February 19th, 2008 9:02 PM

Still waiting on my badge!
Flag badge or senator badge you pick!

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posted by Malaysian Eddy on February 20th, 2008 12:39 AM

Wow....where have I been?? This really was one of my favorite completions of Senator. Mainly for the smart ass was you completed it...gets me every time.