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CHEAT! by Lincøln

December 27th, 2009 8:10 AM / Location: 34.251181,-118.3571


“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”
                           - Henry David Thoreau

My cheating ways started back at the end of Glasnost. As I became more familiar with the game, I started to understand certain things. Now it should be noted that I agree whole heartedly with anna one's suggestion here. And if this suggestion were implemented, I wouldn't have had to cheat at all, well, yes I would have, but I wouldn't have learned how to do it so easily or quickly. It should also be noted that I am not a computer geek. I am many other kinds of geek including but not limited to; comic book geek, theater geek, movie geek, sports geek, and geek geek. So not being a computer geek, and not knowing or understanding many EquivalenZ tasks or how they'redone, figuring out this cheat is very impressive for me, to me (and I did this in a very EquivalenZ fashion even though my chosen affiliated group is UofA, and I couldn't think of a really UofA way to do this task other than the way this write up looks and feels.

Like I said, I started cheating back at the end of Glasnost when I realized that a lot of tasks would probably be retired. So I created a sock puppet to24/10 sign up for tasks and then add me as a collaborator and then drop said task. Which worked great and I got to horde a few tasks from that era. But I could only grab level one tasks from one group as my sock puppet was only at level one even though I was at eight. I was only as powerful as my sock puppet.

Then came the Interregnum,50/10 and not only were groups thrown out the window, so were levels. Which meant that my sock puppet could sign up for any available task, including the High Score Task. And we did. We signed up for everything we could get our hands on. I was a hording fool. Now mind you, none of this would have been necessary if anna one's suggestion was not a suggestion but a rule we lived by every day.

Then84/10 Insatiability rolled through and the levels system was implemented once again. So my sock puppet could only sign me up for level one tasks no matter how high I rose through the ranks. Then I saw this task, CHEAT! and I thought to myself, I have been technically cheating for quite some time now. But there were problems there. The first and foremost being that it would be a retroactive completion. So never mind everything written above this. Or rather keep it in the back of your mind as it's the tool for how I achieved this particular cheat. My cheat? I signed up for and completed a level 6 task that is unique to Insatiability while only being myself a level 3 player, and my sock puppet only being a level one player. How did I do this you ask? I cheated, of course.

I went a bit madAll signed up. with power like I sometimes do, and I co-collaborated with my sock puppet on a number of high point and high level tasks like The High Score Task, and then (thinking how clever I was[am]) set my alarm for 3:30 and woke up in the dead of night and submitted the proofs at 4:00am when most of SFØ's players would be asleep.High score task. Done. And when nobody was watching the praxis boards (or so I thought), I boosted my sock puppet up past level 6 by completing a bogus High Score Task and he went and signed up for all kinds of high level tasks that neither of us could have done before. And once I was all signed up for everything I wanted to sign up for, I un-submitted all of the high score tasks.90/10 Dropping us both down to levels we should have been at. And after he'd dropped me I had a crazy amount of tasks to compete with. And I almost got away with it too. See, what I didn't realize would happen (well, I did realize it was a possibility, but I thought it would be slim and negligible) would be that our players from other countries would be alert to the new praxis board. And at 10:00pm the following day (his time) niallsb saw my proofs hit the page and found me out. CAUGHT!But I don't think he understood what I was doing exactly. And then when I un-submitted moments later, I'm sure he thought it was just a fluke. I'm sure he didn't catch on to my actual nefarious dealings. Until now! Mwa-ha-ha!

I did this same tactic a couple more times to sign up for newly added tasks. And it was my last time that I put my computer hacking skills to the test. When I submitted the High Score Task for the third time, and was done monkeying around in the high level tasks,cannot be un-submitted I went to un-submit and I got a grey Cannot be un-submitted button instead of the usual blue un-submit button. I forgot about only being able to un-submit three times. D'oh!
So (after a frantic email to SSI) I did some fancy computer hackery. Maybe not so fancy to some of you, but very fancy for me. I submitted another task, just picked one at random, and submitted it. Then I hit un-submit, and while I got that warning screen shot asking if I'm sure, I copied the IP address for that page. Then I took the end of the extension (&unsubmit=1) and pasted it onto the end of the High Score Task edit page, and was able to fool the page into thinking it was getting an un-submit command and I was able to get away with un-submitting it like nothing had ever happened. I suppose that's cheating as well. I'm just a big fat cheater.

And I 100/10have continued this cheating up until this day. I am quicker and more efficient in my cheating now and have the luxury of working on any of the 100 tasks I have in my cache.

And it wasn't until I decided to do Part-time Writer Full-time Waitress that I figured out a much more elegant way of storing tasks (I'm not very smart, you see). I wanted to sign up and do the task, but I couldn't do it, as I had no more room for additional tasks (obviously), and my sock puppet couldn't sign me up for it either, as he couldn't add collaborators as it was a task for one person only. So what I did, is added my sock puppet to all of my tasks, and 127/10then dropped them all myself, using him as a sort of storage space for my tasks (I know this'll sound obvious to most of you, but most of you are either much smarter than I am, or better cheaters). So I made an internal hard drive for task storage here on SFØ. That has to be cheating as well (and I know I'm not the only one who does this, but I'm the only one admitting to it, so that's something, right?).9/10 And now my task list is back down to a much more manage-able size. And I can sign up for a much wider range of tasks than before. Even tasks that require just one person to complete, which until I figured this all out, was beyond me.

The way I actually completed the active part of CHEAT! was to submit the praxis for The Odyssey before I was at level six (I actually did the old boost-the-sock-puppet trick to get my sock-puppet up to level six so he could sign up for The Odyssey twice. The second one I added Vena Nightmare as a collaborator on and then dropped the task. Because I wanted to encourage her to get out and do it rather than talk about it) (and yes, you clever readers out there, that does mean I have more than one sock-puppet).

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Self Portrait
Cheating part the first
Cheating part the second
Cheating part the third
All signed up.
High score task. Done.
cannot be un-submitted

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posted by teucer on December 27th, 2009 8:54 AM

You know, it's way easier to store the tasks in the sock puppet and let your main account do the signing up.

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posted by Lincøln on December 27th, 2009 9:44 AM

Yeah, that's what I explained there at the end. Took me a long time to figure it out though...

I suppose that makes me a cheat too...
posted by Sombrero Guy on December 27th, 2009 3:13 PM

Interesting that you can trick the page into thinking you haven't unsubmitted before. I'll remember that one in case it ever becomes useful to me...

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posted by Edwin Farnham Butler III on December 27th, 2009 4:33 PM

I have a habit of staying up very late at the night and I actually noticed your submission/unsubmissions before. Very clever.

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posted by Lincøln on December 27th, 2009 4:54 PM

Wow. Good going. Did you figure out what I was up to?

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posted by Edwin Farnham Butler III on December 28th, 2009 2:33 PM

I didn't think anything of it. I figured it was just a fluke or something. I guess I trust you too much. Now you've broken my trust forever.

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posted by rongo rongo on December 28th, 2009 7:34 AM

Hmm. I would have to say that with regard to your tasking, what sticks in my mind is the occasional cheating of death. Next to that, the mechanics of task hording just pale. But this write-up is entertaining.

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posted by Lincøln on December 28th, 2009 8:06 AM

I decided long ago to complete this task literally. And since I don't cheat, I knew I had to do it on SFØ somehow. I knew that task storage isn't enough because everybody does it. But then when I figured out how to submit empty tasks and gain levels to obtain higher level tasks I knew I had something worthy of a praxis from me. And when I had to hack the system to unsubmit an unsubmittable task I knew I had something good enough to reach my standards. I spent the last year trying to find another way to cheat at this game, but I didn't want to lie, so I couldn't just make up a write-up (like Mereddithian and Sparrows Fall and those whacky kids did). I tried other ways to hack the site (I spent a very long time trying to hack my way into a retired task, but SSI code too well for my meager skills). So this was the best I could do. I mean I'm happy with it and I impressed myself.

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posted by rongo rongo on December 28th, 2009 12:09 PM

I definitely agree that your empty task submission and URL hacking tricks are ingenious. Sneaky stuff!

Also--- "I went a bit mad with power, as I sometimes do" makes me giggle, imagining various scenarios where you do just that. I would like to respectfully request that you make a note of it when you go mad with power in future tasking, because I don't want to miss any of it.

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posted by Lincøln on December 28th, 2009 4:11 PM


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posted by Beetle bomb on December 29th, 2009 5:21 PM

as a fellow un-computer geek, I am very impressed at your inginuity. well done as usual sir Lincoln

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posted by Sean Mahan on December 29th, 2009 7:37 PM

I submitted another task, just picked one at random, and submitted it. Then I hit un-submit, and while I got that warning screen shot asking if I'm sure, I copied the IP address for that page. Then I took the end of the extension (&unsubmit=1) and pasted it onto the end of the High Score Task edit page, and was able to fool the page into thinking it was getting an un-submit command and I was able to get away with un-submitting it like nothing had ever happened.

How embarrassing :[

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posted by Ink Tea on December 31st, 2009 7:57 AM

SF0 is still in beta, right? So we're all your beta-testers, and Lincoln was just doing some fancy bug testing for you! No worries!

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posted by Zhee Meatss Needz Cheffing on December 31st, 2009 10:26 AM

you borking cheater you.

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posted by Vena Nightmare on March 17th, 2010 6:41 PM

Oh, so it was you! Thank you so much, that's very kind of you :)

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posted by Supine ⠮⡽⣪Rocket on July 3rd, 2011 2:31 AM

Hmm. I saw some relatively old praxis from you shoot up to the top of the recently completed tasks just before the most recent Journey. But they were all collaborative tasks, with (as far as I remember) non-sockpuppet collaborators. Interesting. Up to more hi-jinks?

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posted by Lincøln on July 4th, 2011 11:51 AM

Must have been one of my collaborators on those tasks.
Was there any one player that was common to all of the tasks you noticed?