Mission cheating is still in full swing. It is time that the leaders and influencers on Empire Avenue step up and make a statement. Remember, you have a lot of followers and they want guidance. You are offering guidance in blog posts, communities and many other ways. This is a chance to make a leadership statement and be a real leader and influencer.
Four weeks ago, I wrote a few articles about mission cheating and got a lot of positive responses. Positive in the sense that people don’t like it. It made me feel better that I am not the only one that can get fired up over the cheaters. In the days following my posts, I included a little warning that I will call cheaters out. That obviously took the sting out of a few of these people and those that had cheated on my missions in the past left my missions alone. The success rates of my missions went clearly up and most missions had actually a 100% success rate. As it always is, if you stop pay attention, things change. At one point I eased the message in my missions a little and just added “Don’t cheat”. Over the last week or so I didn’t check on the missions anymore and I am sure if I go back and check, I will find bad things. Anyway, this morning I ran a, for me, big mission and the result is absolutely bad. Just 30% of people were willing to complete a mission after taking the eaves, even though I advertised that I will monitor the mission.
In the past people stated if you only put 500 eaves out for a mission, cheaters will walk over it and take it. Some came up with ridiculous excuses why that is. Today’s mission was for 3,000 eves and the result was absolutely terrible. Mission cheating is in full swing. This mornings experience thought me that even the big and respected players are involved in mission cheating. Here is what happened:
Over the past few days I ran a few missions and not all closed with all slots taken. Since I don’t want to archive the missions and take the eaves back, I got the glorious idea to run a “special mission” to get them closed. I put out 3,000 eaves to finish 3 other missions. I added the three mission links to a new blog post and set the mission link to this blog post.
This is the text of my “special mission”:
This mission has multiple steps, but also multiple rewards.
1. Click the mission link which leads to a blog post.
2. Scroll down and like the post
3. On the bottom of the post are 3 links to other missions. Take the missions as they are available. One has 1 slot left, one has 4 slots left and one has 5 slots left. If the missions are done, just leave a comment. Don’t worry if the missions are all gone, see below and keep going.
This completes the mission.
Extra Rewards: If you also leave a comment for the initial blog post and share, I will like bomb your Facebook, or give you a number of RT’s, or Klout, or find something else to extra reward you.
This sounds more complicated than it is. It might be a few clicks, but there are quite a few rewards besides the eaves.
One more thing: 3,000 eaves for a mission is a lot of eaves for me. I will monitor this mission and check on those that take the eaves and run.
Thank you for your support,
After launching the mission the picture was as following:
10 slots of the special mission were available
One of the missions described in step 3 had 5 slots open
One had 4 slots open
One had 1 slot open
So, that would mean, in an honest world, after 5 people take the “special mission” and cashing 3,000 eaves plus the eaves for the missions they were supposed to take, all slots should be at zero. Well, here is the picture of how it looked like when the “special mission” hit zero:
Zero slots open in the “special mission”
The one with 5 open slots at the beginning still had 2 slots open
The one with 4 slots open, had also 2 slots open
Only the one with 1 slot open at the beginning was at zero.
That would mean that only 3 people took the complete mission. Well, two did and the third did everything I was looking for, except cashing in on the mission. Probably tested the mission, found out it is easy and followed the steps and forgot to cash in. Well, I will get in touch with him and tell him to take the eaves.
The good thing is, some people were able to follow all the instructions. This means that it was possible to follow and complete the mission. That leaves the cheaters short of an excuse. What struck me the most, even one of the leading players ice cold cheated on the mission. He couldn’t even follow step one, but left a trademark comment: “Have a Rock and Roll Tuesday”! Pretty poor for someone who runs a business and also runs multiple missions throughout the week. Much worse, if the major people and leaders of this “social” media site cheat on missions, why should all the other knuckleheads play fair?
After the first 5 mission takers were done, I had to contact all 5 and ask what happened? One came back and completed the mission half way, one didn’t respond but bought 300 shares and three didn’t respond at all (including the” leadership”) in any way. I didn’t follow up with the next 2 cheaters, but I am sure they feel satisfied with their game.
As you can take out of this post, I am pretty upset and I would love to tell people what I think of them in a way I only did on a soccer field in the past. That would bust the boundaries of good taste, style and manners and so I will not go down the numerous levels to meet these people. However, here is a hint for the mission cheaters: Take a look into the mirror and take a look into the eyes of the creature you see. If you are satisfied with what you see, do everyone a favor and get off Empire Avenue and all the other sites. “Social” Media is not for you.
I also want to add another thing, just for the fun of it. It is kinda funny on how this reminds me of Wall Street and the current discussion about regulation. It is no surprise that the Wall Street guys bite and scratch when they hear regulation. That would limit a lot of transactions that endanger common good and only fill the own pockets with other peoples money. To all the cheaters, what are you going to do when the missions are regulated and you are left out? Yeah, I know, you will find something else.
As always, I would like to hear your opinion in this matter. Please leave your comment below. I appreciate your contribution. If you are considered a leader on Empire Avenue or a so called influencer, your opinion is especially important. Go and make a strong statement on this subject.