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"Made You Look" game

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:25 am UTC
by Cradarc
If you are reading this, you just increased the view count for this thread. How high do you think the view count will go before people catch on?

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:27 am UTC
by patzer
A few hundred, maybe.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:23 pm UTC
by phillip1882
nah i think closer to 1000.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:18 pm UTC
by flicky1991
What makes the count increase? Does refreshing the page repeatedly help? If so, the number could be really very high.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:51 pm UTC
by Vytron
Yup. There are extensions that allow you to automatically refresh the page, so such a number can be made arbitrarily high.

Once I made a counter go from 100000 to 1000000, that's 900000 refreshes, and it was much faster than one would imagine.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:51 pm UTC
by flicky1991
My iPad interprets the 1000000 in your post as a phone number...

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:19 pm UTC
by patzer
That's strange. My iPad doesn't, and I'm in the same country as flicky...

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:49 am UTC
by bachaddict
I tried holding down F5, but either my key repeat rate or internet latency is too high.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:40 am UTC
by Vytron
The Opera browser has built-in auto-refresh capabilities.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:29 am UTC
by azule
My, that's a lot of page refreshes!

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:53 pm UTC
by Vytron
Depends on your definition of "a lot."

Procedure:

Open 40 tabs in Opera.

Set them to refresh the page every 2 seconds.

Every minute, you'll have refreshed 1200 times.

Every hour, you'll have refreshed 72000 times.

You'll be done in 12 and a half hours.

Okay, this doesn't disprove that's a lot of refreshes, but somehow I was expecting this to take longer...

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:11 pm UTC
by Cradarc
lol, the point of this thread was to see how many curious people will click on the thread only to realize there's nothing of interest. It's interesting how you guys created a meaningful topic out of it.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:17 pm UTC
by Vytron
No, you did. The question "How high do you think the view count will go before people catch on?" made this interesting from the get-go.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:03 pm UTC
by Neil_Boekend
I still haven't caught on.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:13 pm UTC
by Cradarc
Vytron wrote:No, you did. The question "How high do you think the view count will go before people catch on?" made this interesting from the get-go.


Meh, that was kind of rhetorical. What I found interesting is how you guys made it into a challenge: "How high can you make the viewcount go?" It's almost like reverse psychology.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:17 pm UTC
by Vytron
Someone probably got bored of refreshing, the Double Post thread is still beating us.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:52 am UTC
by patzer
214000 views?

:shock: wow.

Keep up the good work.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:05 am UTC
by Vytron
Next one we will beat: You must not say duck (224400), probably...

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:13 am UTC
by Vytron
Okay, whoever is refreshing is doing it at a rate roughly of 1 refresh per second, so we'll probably reach that many views in 111 minutes.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:20 am UTC
by Vytron
Yup, we did.

Next on the list:

Non-Sequitur Showdown.

With 255432 views, so I estimate whoever is refreshing will make this thread beat it in about 510 minutes (about 8 hours and a half). And 18 minutes later The Incredible Changing Sentence will be beaten in views.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:44 am UTC
by patzer
And the One True Thread should be overtaken in April.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:57 am UTC
by Vytron
I predict whoever is refreshing will lose interest before then.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:18 am UTC
by patzer
Bots don't get bored. Generally. Yet another advantage of automation.

#BotRights

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:26 am UTC
by adnapemit
Maybe someone made a bot that gets bored.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:38 am UTC
by Vytron
Whoever put the bot to refresh the thread might get bored, or might put the bot to work in something else, such as world domination.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:36 pm UTC
by Vytron
Those were defeated.

Next:

Maximize the post:views ratio! (if you look, you must post)

Will be defeated in 319 minutes.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:53 am UTC
by Vytron
Yes, we did it, we beat "Minimize the post:view ratio! (view, but don't post)", the thread which has been going on for years trying to do what this thread is doing (though, that one never cheated, I believe.)

Next on the list:

Good News, Bad News (defeated in 537 minutes)
Every hour, on the hour (defeated in 952 minutes)
Count to a Million (competitive version) (defeated in 1073 minutes)

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:54 pm UTC
by patzer
We should bet on who made this thread-refeshing bot.

I bet 42 satoshi that the bot was made by faubiguy. Anyone want to take me up on this?

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:21 am UTC
by Vytron
I bet for bachaddict, his F5 key wasn't working for this so he created a bot.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:28 am UTC
by Cradarc
I'm guessing Vytron since he (she?) seems to be the one most active on this thread.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:11 am UTC
by bachaddict
When do I reveal if the bot is mine?

I'll bet on azule.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 7:07 am UTC
by Vytron
bachaddict wrote:When do I reveal if the bot is mine?


When people stop betting, or when everyone has bet. I'm interested in faubiguy's bet, even though he hasn't posted here.

Also, really, if it was my bot I'd be betting on myself, but honestly, energy is ridiculously priced around here, like, there's a point in where they charge it exponentially; at some point using it for another 24 hours may cost you the same as the last 7 weeks, or something ridiculous, so I can't have my computer running overnight 24/7 (and I've had the need, by being a correspondence chess player, sometimes it's useful to leave some engine running all the time on a key position, but I never do that), and I wouldn't do it to run a bot.

Or perhaps I'm just saying that so people don't bet on me and I win.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:11 pm UTC
by faubiguy
My bet is on patzer.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:12 pm UTC
by Vytron
I... don't think it's faubiguy.

Anyway, we just defeated Count to a Million (competitive version). Next ones on the list:

Guess The Next Poster (defeated in 856 minutes)

The "Thread Necromancy" Game (defeated in 1730 minutes)

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:44 pm UTC
by Cradarc
I must say, I appreciate the dedication of whoever made the refresh bot. That's a lot of power being wasted just for a forum game.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:22 am UTC
by Vytron
I guess the computer that runs the bot was going to be on anyway, and having a page that refreshes every second then pretty much uses insignificant resources.

I'll just leave this here, apparently this thread will win this section in about 18 days.

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Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:31 am UTC
by faubiguy
There's a definite outlier in the views/replies ratio.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:02 am UTC
by Vytron
We can fix that, by posting a lot.

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:58 am UTC
by faubiguy
This is now the second most viewed thread in forum games (behind Count to a Million)

Re: "Made You Look" game

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:59 pm UTC
by Vytron
What about other forums? Well, we also defeated "In other news... (humorous news items, etc) " from News & Articles, "Coding: Fleeting Thoughts" from Coding, "Upcoming OS Wars: Ubuntu 9.10 vs Windows 7" from Religious Wars, and "ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse" from General.

Next big one to beat is "NSP: Enjoy the show!", most viewed thread from Free as in Destitute. We will defeat it in 820 minutes. Curiously, the only thread in that subforum I've ever checked was the cheat sheet for the word censors they put up on March Madness.