This morning, like almost every day, I started running my daily missions on Empire Avenue. While running my first mission and monitoring progress, I decided to change my schedule and write a few lines about the bad habits of some people that obviously misunderstand the sense of Empire Avenue and its opportunities. The word “Thief” come to mind.
Before I continue, here is how I operate on Empire Avenue. I use the site to interact with people from all over the world. Buying shares, communicating over other networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and email and chat as well. Over time I have developed quite a network and discovered that the site is quite useful for business as well. So, I use it sometimes to promote some of my clients as well. I do this with missions. However, I use missions mostly for support of my stats on Empire Avenue. Because I don’t have time to interact with people on all networks all day, I run missions to “buy” comments, re-tweets and other that supports my dividends on Empire Avenue. This is a common practice and many people on Empire Avenue do the same thing all day.
Today, my first mission was to ask for re-tweets on Twitter. I was asking for a number of re-tweets, 3 to open end, and offered (e)500 for those that accept the mission. I am aware that the reward for the asked number of re-tweets is low, but I still have to watch my eaves and like it better to invest the eaves in people. There are multiple reasons that make me believe it is ok to offer the mission with that reward, even though some people might not agree with me. One of the reasons, the major one, people have a choice on whether they accept the mission or not. As far as I can tell, there are hundreds or even thousands of missions every day people can chose from. There is clearly no need for argument, in my opinion. With that in mind, I am wondering what makes people believe they can take the eaves for any mission and don’t follow through with what is asked for. This is a daily problem and since I run mission for quite a while I can name the people that are out there to cheat. I haven’t done so in the past, because it is kind of ridiculous to call someone a thief because of a game (on the other hand, social media seems to be interesting for employers and a lot of other organizations). Over time, I have adjusted my expectations and wrote off up to 40% of my missions without major complains. Once in a while it got out of hand and then I sent a message to those that didn’t follow through and asked them to go back and do it. When I had to “collect” on my missions, people usually went back and did what they were asked to do.
In the past few weeks the number of cheaters increased and this morning it almost turned into outrageous. While I am writing this the mission is still running. The results are, seven (7) people took the mission and two (2) followed through! In other words, 5 out of 7 are cheating. I sent a few messages already and wonder if I get a response.
I would like to know from my fellow players if this is an accepted practice and cheating in this form is covered. In the past, I have seen blog posts that indicated that cheating on missions with low reward is ok. If this is a “rule” that is allowed, please let me know so that I can adjust myself to this. I don’t want to waste your time by complaining if there is nothing to complain.
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