We started off pretty well. A couple flower projects, a Kaleidocosmos remix. Simple. Then, we decided to join the forum. We had @Kiwicute2016 in on this too, because we had to have a mod deny suspicions.
Next, we had PopTart make some art. Instant hit. Everyone loves an artist! We had her post it in the drawing topic, and got some awesome feedback. We also entered the featured art contest.
After that, we made our first big project, the trail art monkey. That was Gilberto’s doing, and it was instantly loved. It reached 6th in trending, and now has 420+ likes. This project served as a big boost to our popularity. Many well known Hopscotchers even liked it! Though this was our first big boost, it was also the start to other’s suspicions. This is not supposed to happen.
As we moved on, we noted that people loved our visual projects. Our trail art and regular art was a big hit. They especially loved our sin/cos projects (By Gilberto), and we enjoyed seeing what people liked and thought about this coder who could draw and use complicated math. This also added to some suspicion, as people were cautious of this person who was able to grasp this so easily.
We realized that many different types of projects can get you attention.
Soon after, we thought, why not make some music? We have code and art, all we need is music! So, of course, we called up @BuildASnowman on docs. He was happy to do it, and whipped an amazing music project in around 15 minutes using his hack. (How he does it so gorgeously is a mystery.) It was not taken as well as some of the other projects. We received only around 20 likes the first day it was up, a big surprise to us, as we had 50+ likes on each project at that point.
Then, we had 2 nominations for featured. One was for the monkey, and one for this music. The one that was featured wound up being the music project, and we acted as any newcomer would. A celebration topic! Within 3 weeks, we had a feature. This also lead to more suspicion, as the project was rather advanced.
As we were featured, we received lots of praise from the forum. This was crazy to everyone, this 3 week old Hopscotcher being featured and getting all these likes! The music project was amazing, but didn't get as many likes as we hoped. This may be because it was not as visually appealing.
We believed that it was time to announce... but wait- we could still gather more information with this account! Gilberto had wanted to share a long time ago, but PopTart made sure Gilberto didn't share. He wanted to share really badly but she made sure he kept it a secret. We decided to try begging for likes. Our goal was to see how people would react. We got some people to lash out a bit, others to show slight sympathy, and even more to show that Hopscotch wasn’t about likes.
That helped us realize that you can very quickly ruin your reputation on Hopscotch by simply making a topic. We continued this by saying that we didn't get enough likes, and that it was unfair. We made sure to have grammatical errors.
In the end, this whole experiment showed that the “popular” people don't get all the likes, good projects do! We noted that we also received multiple shoutouts, and that people loved our projects!
This was a great experience for all of us that went into the Tapioca account, and proved a lot to us. If you have any questions about this, feel free to ask!
Note from PT: All "Gilberto"s were written by her.even that one.