Today I want to explain the newest amendment to our community guideline.
What is self-planting?
Self-planting as a feature is allowed in Hopscotch because a user is able to send themselves plants if they wish to.
Why don’t you just disable self-planting?
Disabling self-planting won’t make it any fairer because if someone has the will, they will create alternate accounts to plant themselves anyways.
Is there any benefit in having self-planting as a feature?
If people want to plant themselves and make their projects seen by the public, they are allowed to give themselves plants at the moment. My take on this is that it is similar to having advertisements for yourself.
There is also no real damage done by “self-planting.” The user will not stay on the Top Garden forever, as it is updated every week. Unless someone wishes to spend a lot of money and stay on top of the board every week, then their project should be out of the ranking by the end of the week. As long as they did not obtain those plants via illegal methods, such as hacking Hopscotch, technically it’s the same as anyone else purchasing plants.
It is unfair in competitions?
I can definitely understand this concern, but as I said, even if we disable self-planting, if they really want to vote for themselves, they will find a way to do that.
Let’s say if we disable self-planting, then people will eventually say, “this person is just making accounts and planting himself! It’s not allowed!” And at that point, it would be hard to try to distinguish the boundary between whose vote is genuine and whose is not.
Also, consider this: they will probably spend more money to win than the prize received, so technically they’re paying for the loophole! I think we should focus our energy on learning and coding better projects. I hope getting plants on Hopscotch is not the end goal for you, and I want to see you making more and more amazing projects!!
In addition, we also judge additional winner projects with the leaders and the Hopscotch team, so the community voting is only half of the prize. We look at a project’s technicality, design and other elements to decide winners.
I have more comments!
With that said, I will feedback to the Hopscotch team about this, and we might make future adjustments. Any discussions on Self planting in the forum will be removed as it is not productive and will get vindictive for the above reasons.
Of course, if you have any other opinions, I’d be happy to listen to them and report back to the team. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks a lot!