Regarding the so called "DK-effect"

I don’t usually respond to groundless accusations. But this time, it has involved too many parties and I think I need to clarify some stuff. Have to use my blog instead of the comment page as this is going to be a super long story.
Just a background on what happen yesterday. We were playing a joke on Jean, saying that any entries with her name would hit top 10 within a few hours. So I posted an article with Jean’s name on the title and asked Ridzuan to help pong that article. It was a joke and a one time incident. If anyone felt offended by this joke, I would like to take this chance to apologise to you.
But I’m utterly disappointed when I saw the blog article talking about the incident as if it always happen. Just because he saw it once, he wrote the article in a manner that it portray the incident as a everyday event among the regulars in ping.sg. I feel that the article is making groundless accusation, not just on me, but the regulars in ping.sg. Most of the regulars in ping.sg write excellent article and their blog entries deserve to be in the top 10 based on their own rights. By suggesting that ping.sg regulars pong each other’s entries in ping.sg is suggesting that the regulars gang up and cheat the system. I’m sorry to all the regulars in ping.sg that my one action causes you and your reputation to be tarnished.
And do note that all along, I mentioned ping.sg regulars. I did not use the word elite and don’t think anyone in the community should be called an elite. Ping.sg is a community. Everyone is free to signup ping.sg Everyone is allowed to join the gathering organised by ping.sg The details about gathering are all posted on forums and we do not bar anyone from attending. I think that it is very insulting to the entire community by saying that the regulars formed an elite group. That has never happen and will never happen.
The reason why the regulars often pong other regular’s entries is not because we are trying to knock down the non-regulars. We click the entries because over the time, we have become friends with each other and want to find out more about what our friends are doing. There is never the intention to knock down the non-regulars. I feel that this is a very unfair accusation made without any proof. So what do you expect the regulars to do? Not make friends with each other? Or not read about what our friend wrote in their blog?
There is never a barrier to prevent anyone to join the community. The door is always open. Anyone is free to join in the conversation in the shoutbox or join the gathering. And when you start making friends, naturally you will find more and more friends reading your blog. The idea about ping.sg is not just a collection of blogs. Its a community. If you are active in the community, naturally more people would want to know you more by reading your blog. I don’t think this should be considered cheating.
I’m very disappointed that someone would blast the entire community with such groundless accusation. I’m more disappointed that the person is trying to use this case to justify creating multiple nick for pong cheating. If we were to allow this to happen, then the whole entire community will close down because everyone is cheating.
I hope that article will not tear the entire community into pieces. I have been in this great community for more than 1 year. I would not allow anyone to tarnish the reputation of the regulars in the community. Neither will I allow anyone to make groundless accusation about the whole community.

10 comments

  1. I’m of the view that ping community pong the entries they like to read. Friends or no friends, if you are a lousy writer, I’m not going to click on your entry.
    My point is somewhat similar to yours, the entries that reach the top 10 did not end up there because of group/clique pongs. They are in the top 10 because the ping community genuinely pong the entries.
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  2. question question!!
    cobalt, do you read first or do you pong first? Let’s say you pong and read at the same time, and going by the short except in ping.sg, it can be difficult to determine if the ping is good or not. So after reading if you think it isn’t good, do you go back and unpong it?
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  3. Hey DK, if you read Ian’s post again, I don’t think he’s targetting you specifically even though he used you as an example.
    Infact, many of the regular pingsters commented on his blog agreeing that the so called “DK effect” does exist and it’s not necessarily a bad thing per se. In every community, there will be certain trends that are more prominent, and in this case, we know each other and we’ll be more likely to read each other, thus giving people we know better a pong.
    I don’t think it’s a bad thing, it’s just how a community works. Perhaps Ian pointing out this trend might offend some people, but if the very pingsters he’s talking about agree with him that this is indeed happening.. well we just have to take it as an insightful speculation?
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  4. Dk, I don’t think Ian was accusing everyone in the ping community. I think he was just stating his opinion from an outsider’s point of view. In fact it think it is good that he raised it so issues can be brought to light about what outsiders might see.
    Communities when are close knit, especially the regulars at Ping might become insular sometimes because a lot of conversations are held internally, and perhaps we assume that what the regular says may generalized to everyone.
    In fact I think the points that Ian brought up could possibly highlight what other people (non regulars) think, like previously said. By this said, I think it is a good chance for you to “defend” the regulars for pong cheating… but I’m pretty sure Ian didn’t mean to insinuate that regulars “cheat” by pinging each other’s posts — he was just stating an observation. Perhaps it came out wrong. I also believe that your case was transpired between jean and yourself was a joke. I think I know you both enough to say that…
    Don’t worry too much about the whole thing, this is small, shouldn’t be blown up.
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  5. DK : First, i agree it was an accusation. But i don’t think you call it groundless. Afterall Ian had made view heard based on observation from several angles. More so he caught you trying to kelong it with Jean. As someone who was mentioned in the article, i shared your pain. Nobody would like to be caught in an awkward situation like this one.
    Ping.sg like any other communities will have elites showing up after a period of time but Ian had made a good meal of what or how it might had happened.

  6. it’s a natural observation and not an accusation.. i didn’t think Ian was trying to incite any bad blood.. i mean, it’s just like you said, so happens that pingsters are interested in your lives, and just click to pong it -)
    that’s the way Pinging and Ponging works.. but yeah, i second most of the comments here, Ian is not making any accusations, just blogging an observation, which i happen to find true as well. -)
    i’m always logged in, so i definitely add to the DK effect, cuz i just read whatever i find interesting, and maybe even if it’s just DK or SimplyJean… i still click.. haha
    peoples lives are more interesting than the social media gibberish i post anyways -)
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