Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Changes to iReport: Keeping our site fair for everyone

We've made a few important changes to iReport lately that help ensure that the site remains a fair platform where everyone has the same access to share their stories with the world.

 

First, we updated the “Featured iReporters” section on our Explore page from an automated module to one that's editorially curated. This allows us to highlight new iReporters around the world each week who have interesting stories to share. This week's list of featured iReporters includes a photographer in Croatia, a self-described "feminist geek," and one of our most prolific and outspoken political pundits. Be sure to visit it regularly to meet new community members and follow their work!

 

 

Secondly, we made a change to our Terms of Service stating that users are prohibited from using pay-per-click websites or other automated systems to artificially inflate page views. This is an issue that we take extremely seriously. iReport is a platform that gives everyone the opportunity to share their stories and views with the world, and we do not condone community members abusing that privilege by tampering with page views.

 

Those of us on the iReport team work hard to represent the diversity of voices in our community as we select which iReports to vet and highlight every day on CNN.

 

One question we get asked a lot if how we choose while iReports to vet. What we approve for use on CNN depends largely on the top news stories of the day and what fun and/or creative assignments we've launched –- airplane window photos, anyone? No matter what the topic, though, we always look for the best quality content to approve. It's not about page views or favoritism. It's a matter of approving the best original stories out there and helping shape what CNN covers and how.

 

(If you're looking for advice on how to get vetted, we’ve got you covered! Check out our past boot camps for some helpful tips for writers, photographers and videographers, and some of our seasoned iReporters shared their own advice on recording video commentaries at this month's roundtable.)

 

It's incredibly important to us to ensure that iReport is a fair, interesting, engaging and fun place for everyone to contribute and get their voice heard. If you ever feel like that opportunity is being compromised, then please let us know in the comments below or email Community Manager David Williams. We're here to listen and help improve the iReport experience for everyone.

44 Comments
July 31, 2012
Click to view k3vsDad's profile

Nice changes. Keep up the good work all of the iReport Team.

July 31, 2012
Click to view katie's profile

Thanks, @k3vsDad!

July 31, 2012
Click to view KCRep's profile

Good job!!   I already see results.

July 31, 2012

katie, I was the first to post a airplane photo and I think that's why the idea came from and it was not vetted can you tell me why? Many people commented that it should be photo fo the day. It's the first one I posted not the second.

July 31, 2012
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Hi @ireporttwo, I just responded to your message. Check your inbox. Thanks!

July 31, 2012
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Ryn

Yes the view counts have already started going down by the thousands.!

Good job! Now the 8K recommends and over 500 shares need to go too. There have many banned for a lot less than this.

July 31, 2012
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Ryn

have been many banned for much less than this

July 31, 2012
Click to view sunethra's profile

I hope that the above profile page of ireporters will keep on rotating for everyone and that all of us are given a chance to be on it.

July 31, 2012
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Hi Sunethra,

We are planning to rotate the featured iReporters at least once a week.

July 31, 2012
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Excuse my language, but this just sucks. I love the term changes, I'm referring to anyone who would want to use a pay-per-click service. What am I missing? This isn't YouTube? You don't get money on your sites for more views so why do it? There were judges for the iReport Awards so it wasn't about views either. People say they can see results already but I wouldn't even know what to look for on other people's pages. Oh well. I hope that over time these new policies will help air out the people who don't belong here for reasons like this and more!

July 31, 2012
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That would be very nice, thank you.

July 31, 2012
Click to view sunethra's profile

@davidw that would be very nice, thank you.

August 1, 2012

Good job!

Much Metta

Percy

August 1, 2012

Good start Katie and David. But all suspected 'botted' and inflated videos need to go. It should not be 12M Views, the correct honest amount is probably around 5M. Here is to hopeing that CNN does the right thing...what a terrible stain on our community...

August 1, 2012
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@TheVideoMan The number of views for all iReports are correct now. Thanks for your feedback.

August 1, 2012
Click to view KCRep's profile

The views for this ireporter in question have been restored back to what they were, why?

August 1, 2012
Click to view thepizzaman's profile

Nice job Katie.  Glad to see you have everything under control now.   

August 1, 2012
Click to view katie's profile

@TheVideoMan, @KCRep Update: There was a technical glitch, and we're still fixing the stats, thanks for the heads-up.

@thepizzaman Thanks. Let's focus on storytelling and the news now! That's the fun part.

 

August 1, 2012
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The pageviews should all be corrected now. Thanks for the vigilance.

August 2, 2012
Click to view JoyfulGypsy's profile

Unbelievable!  Sadly, I will have a hard time believing anything on this site anymore.  It's an insult to everyone to say that the numbers are now correct. Taking away 5 million "views" from the fraud's account was a start but not even close to being accurate.  Common sense can tell you that - not to mention the virtual trail the cheater left behind. 

 

The cheater owes everyone a public apology.

August 2, 2012
Click to view JoyfulGypsy's profile

Also, it looks like your technical glitch is back.  The cheater's views are back to over 12 million.  Ridiculous.

August 2, 2012
Click to view KCRep's profile

12,120,906 as of right now.

August 2, 2012
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Ryn

Why has the perp been allowed to remain on iReport? There  has to be solid proof if views are being taken away from the cheater.  Others have been banned for so much less.

It is infuriating that this person is still being vetted, glorified and is making comments on posts that they never commented on before. why the double standard?

 

August 2, 2012
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Ryn

Yep 12 million strong and growing.

August 2, 2012
Click to view katie's profile

The count is fixed -- again. Our technical team is working hard to figure out what's causing the glitch.

August 2, 2012
Click to view sunethra's profile

My video is still getting uploaded, Help! since last morning, what is happening?

August 3, 2012
Click to view JoyfulGypsy's profile

The perpetrator's account shows an unbelievable 1,647 more views since yesterday.  Nothing new has been posted and the most recent iReports don't have any new views.  Perhaps you should check where those "views" came from. 

 

Sadly and as evidenced from the comment above, this account is going to be closely scrutinized from now on as no one can trust this this person going forward. 

August 3, 2012
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Why was KCRep's comment and my comment deleted? 

August 3, 2012
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Why was KCRep's comment and my comment removed?

August 3, 2012
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Ryn

Count is still bouncing back and forth and now our comments are vanishing. Is this forum now closed to comments?

August 3, 2012
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Ryn

testing testing forum now closed for comments?

August 3, 2012
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Ryn

Comments are back! New   Glitch?

August 3, 2012
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Thank you my video got uploaded a little while ago, I had to reload it again though.

August 3, 2012
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Ryn

Shari I love your video!! Thanks for sharing.

August 3, 2012
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Thank you Janie.

August 4, 2012
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We welcome your comments but please try to keep the discussion civil. Thank you.

August 4, 2012
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We respect your concerns, Henry, but please try to keep the discussion HONEST. 

August 4, 2012
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Ryn

Has someone not been civil?

August 4, 2012
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I just found out about the cheating that has been going on around view counts! Why would someone who has been proven to be cheating and dishonest allowed to continue as an iReporter? It reminded me of the scandal around the magazine, the writer who was inventing stories. Because of it, the magazine lost credibility and the reporter was fired. That a news organization that expects to be taken seriously just gives a slap on the wrist to someone who is so blatenly dishonest boggles my mind. I'm bummed by this news and saddened as well. But c'mon, CNN iReport!

August 4, 2012
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As evidenced by the very small number of iReporters that have commented on this blog entry, it's apparent that hardly anyone is even aware of the deliberate fraud that was going on for so long. 

 

August 5, 2012
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I am still not sure who or what is going on. I see the comments, but am in the dark on this issue.

August 6, 2012
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Hi all. Catching up on comments this morning. We're looking into the reports of comments disappearing. It seems like it might be a cache/refresh issue, but please do let me know if you see further incidents! Thanks.

August 9, 2012
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Ryn

Guess it is back to status quo with much less enthusiasm

August 18, 2012
Click to view Liberty1955's profile

Seems resonable to me, David...hadn't heard of this until now..but then ..I was away for 6 weeks...LOL Thanks..Lib

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