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Sajun Topal
Amarr
Destruction.
Posted - 2011.07.12 10:58:00 - [2131]
 

Originally by: Somerset Mahm
Originally by: Furia Odio
SUGGESTION

Common Scenario:

1) Blink
2) Win Stuff
3) Choose ISK buyout
4) Blink more
5) Run out of Blink credit
6) Desire to deposit more
7) ISK buyouts not yet processed

IDEA:

Give the option to change your mind on claimed prizes to transform them into Blink credit, so we're not itching to deposit when we've got a big withdrawal coming anyways, and we can keep on Blinking!


The biggest problem with this is the race condition. If an employee is in the middle of handing out ISK and you switch to credit, you may get double-paid, good for you, not so much for us. It's something to think about though!

If an employee is on, you can ask in the channel to have your choice switched-- just provide them the 6-digit BlinkID.


Still doing a great job Somer. We realise sometimes you guys have alot of work to do so i'm good with that. Keep up the good work.
Sajun.

Poetic Stanziel
Gallente
Macbeth Transport and Freight LLC
Posted - 2011.07.13 14:42:00 - [2132]
 

I was told by some employee of Blink that selling answers to Pres Butan is a bannable offense. Yet this is written nowhere on the site. Further, selling answers seems to hold to the ideals of EVE, in which everything can be sold for profit to those that might desire the service or goods.

Could I get a clarification on this?

Thanks.

GrammarNazi
SOMER Blink
Cognitive Development
Posted - 2011.07.13 21:35:00 - [2133]
 

Originally by: Poetic Stanziel
I was told by some employee of Blink that selling answers to Pres Butan is a bannable offense. Yet this is written nowhere on the site. Further, selling answers seems to hold to the ideals of EVE, in which everything can be sold for profit to those that might desire the service or goods.

Could I get a clarification on this?

Thanks.


Sharing the answer to the Butan question is a bannable offense - if we catch you giving away the answer, or if hints are givin in the Somer Lotteries channel, unfortunately we'll have to take away your ability to play Butan. Some people have expressed the opinion that this is a bit harsh, or against the core of Eve, but without restrictions in place, Butan would (and did) not work. We find trivia a very engaging way to get Blinkers involved and thinking about Eve, so we'd like to see it stick around as long as possible. Very Happy

While some people think it's a great idea to share the answer to corpmates or friends in private chats, they should realize that for every correct answer that's submitted, their own prize goes down. It's this rational self-interest that keeps the butan fun for5 everyone, and we're hoping it will continue. If it doesn't we'll just have to adapt, and find new ways to approach the problem.

Hope that clarifies everything. Sorry it's not very visible on the site; we're trying to get our FAQ re-written at the time so that all the information will be consolidated in one place.

Caterpil
Posted - 2011.07.14 00:08:00 - [2134]
 

Hello again blinkaholics!

Today I won a promo treasure map, which was interesting. I dragged my alt down to Jita anticipating a long hunt through dangerous space and was pleasently surprised when it only took me two jumps.
Also from the contents of the container either Shuurh has something to hide or hes trying to frame me for something...
- 100 bags of counterfeit credits
- 1 Test Bong (Bong? whats a bong?)
- 2 Piles of garbage
- 5 Bottles of spirit
- 1 Criminal DNA
- 2 Imperial navy gate permits

So, from the evidence I can deduce that Shuurh used to clean up (salvage) after the imperial navy. One day he got drunk and accidently salvaged a live criminal wanted for questioning over blink fraud with counterfeight credits. On the run from the law he stuffed all the evidence in to a container gave a bookmark away as a treasure hunt... Roughly.

Also there were a few other things :)
- 1 run Navy slicer bpc
- 5 Navy acolytes
- All Navy Hardeners
- Navy EANM
- Navy Adaptive and thermic membrane
- 3 Navy cap rechargers
- Navy heatsink

Thanks a lot blink for all the prizes! Be depositing again shortly once I get some more ISK

Poetic Stanziel
Gallente
Macbeth Transport and Freight LLC
Posted - 2011.07.14 11:33:00 - [2135]
 

Originally by: Grammar****
Originally by: Poetic Stanziel
I was told by some employee of Blink that selling answers to Pres Butan is a bannable offense. Yet this is written nowhere on the site. Further, selling answers seems to hold to the ideals of EVE, in which everything can be sold for profit to those that might desire the service or goods.

Could I get a clarification on this?

Thanks.


Sharing the answer to the Butan question is a bannable offense - if we catch you giving away the answer, or if hints are givin in the Somer Lotteries channel, unfortunately we'll have to take away your ability to play Butan. Some people have expressed the opinion that this is a bit harsh, or against the core of Eve, but without restrictions in place, Butan would (and did) not work. We find trivia a very engaging way to get Blinkers involved and thinking about Eve, so we'd like to see it stick around as long as possible. Very Happy

While some people think it's a great idea to share the answer to corpmates or friends in private chats, they should realize that for every correct answer that's submitted, their own prize goes down. It's this rational self-interest that keeps the butan fun for5 everyone, and we're hoping it will continue. If it doesn't we'll just have to adapt, and find new ways to approach the problem.

Hope that clarifies everything. Sorry it's not very visible on the site; we're trying to get our FAQ re-written at the time so that all the information will be consolidated in one place.


Fair enough. I would not have sold answers to the latest Butan had the rules been clear on the bannable point. Which is why I feel it is unfair that I have been banned from Butan in the future. EVE is a very open-ended game, so it seemed to me that selling answers for some extra ISK was in line with the sort of environment that EVE is, that everything can be bought and sold.

Woodman2
Posted - 2011.07.17 06:12:00 - [2136]
 

I've been playing Somer's various games for over a year now and have had a lot of fun and have won some great prizes. While this is not a sure fire way to get rich, it is entertaining and you can win big now and then. I've never had a problem getting my prizes, and any issued I've had, which were caused by me, were handled promptly by Somer or one of her kind staff. So thanks for all the good times Somer, I wish you continuing success.

Baldur Asteria
Posted - 2011.07.18 03:00:00 - [2137]
 

Thank God for this game, I love it! :D

Doctor Marlboro
Posted - 2011.07.18 05:58:00 - [2138]
 

HEY !

I got banned by one of your representatves this morning in your chat channel.

I did absolutely nothing wrong but do a slight joke, some guy was asking for a Somer Rep, and I said "Yeah I'm a rep, send me all your isk, it's ok I'll keep it for myself."

That was obviously a joke ... I mean who takes this kind of **** seriously ? I see things being said in that channel all day that are way worse.

So could I get unbanned ? Because this is ridiculous. Way to treat your customers.

Andrev Nox
SOMER Blink
Cognitive Development
Posted - 2011.07.18 07:24:00 - [2139]
 

Heyo Doc :)

Sorry for the inconvenience on that - we have to be fairly hardassed on the "no-impersonating" rule when we see it happen. Even obvious jokes have caused issues in the past. Happily, it was just a short-term ban, more meant to avoid perpetuation and escalation than exclude you from the channel. You should be allowed back in shortly, if you're not already :)

Happy blinking!

KingSkunk
Posted - 2011.07.20 13:51:00 - [2140]
 

Originally by: Jeronica
Very innovative!

Im going to be playing for sure :)
I would not play somerblink if I had known before hand that it seems to be rigged I watch the same people always win on the items I have bidded on win the item with only 1 ticket the same people over and over again it makes me sick and I will never again play somerblink lol its a joke

Jarek Creed'ah
Posted - 2011.07.21 04:56:00 - [2141]
 

Completely addictive!

Andrev Nox
SOMER Blink
Cognitive Development
Posted - 2011.07.21 05:02:00 - [2142]
 

Heyo king :)

Every now and again, someone sees someone else win a string and this type of post pops up. I'm always happy to address it, though :)

Sometimes, a person (or group of people) wins several in a row because they buy a larger number of tickets to a specific blink. "Buying better odds" essentially.

Sometimes, a person wins several in a row just due to sheer blind luck.

But with over 426,461 prizes given away (not counting the 4,380 free promo giveaways), we'd need a LOOOOTTT of alts to perpetuate a scam on the scale you're suggesting :p

And, as many others have pointed out over the months, every legitimately closed blink nets us a bit of profit. We'd be terminally stupid to rig the system in any way, as it would be the one sure-fire way to kill our business forever.

Equally, if we really wanted to, we could just have open and honest "house bets" where everyone loses. Many other gambling sites, both online and in real life, use this tactic. We prefer there to always be a real winner, so we didn't do this - but if we really wanted to, we could have done so perfectly openly.

If you like, you're free to evaluate our method for choosing winners. The code we use to get the number is here. As you can see, we draw it from random.org, so even we do not know who will win until after it is draw. Every ticket of every blink is exactly statistically equal. :)

You can find their real-time statistics here and several peer-reviewed papers on the quality of their random-generator here.

Hope that helps :)

PS - Always blink on 1. We rigged 1 to win.

Gustav Mannfred
Gallente
Die Missionrunner von heute
Posted - 2011.07.21 09:59:00 - [2143]
 

can you add more fractionstuff, t1 frigs and cruisers?

Somerset Mahm
Somer's Omnibus Exploration and Reclamation
Cognitive Distortion
Posted - 2011.07.21 22:12:00 - [2144]
 

Originally by: Gustav Mannfred
can you add more fractionstuff, t1 frigs and cruisers?


Hi!

We recently added CN Invulns, is there another prize you're interested in seeing on the faction side?

w.r.t. T1 stuff, to be honest, it's just too low-value to make the cost of handing them out as prizes a workable option. Apologies!

Gustav Mannfred
Gallente
Die Missionrunner von heute
Posted - 2011.07.22 07:12:00 - [2145]
 

how it are whit a Imperial navy medium armor repairer?

Andrev Nox
SOMER Blink
Cognitive Development
Posted - 2011.07.26 04:40:00 - [2146]
 

Doing the blink dance!

o//

\\o

/o\

\o/

Somerset Mahm
Somer's Omnibus Exploration and Reclamation
Cognitive Distortion
Posted - 2011.07.26 05:22:00 - [2147]
 

We're hiring once more! Check out the open positions at http://apps.cogdev.net/apply/

MasterChief351
Gallente
Atlas Research Group
Posted - 2011.07.26 10:06:00 - [2148]
 

Originally by: Somerset Mahm
We're hiring once more! Check out the open positions at http://apps.cogdev.net/apply/


Woop Woop.Good Luck To All! and me of courseRazz

Shuurh
SOMER Blink
Cognitive Development
Posted - 2011.07.26 11:24:00 - [2149]
 

Originally by: Caterpil
Hello again blinkaholics!

Today I won a promo treasure map, which was interesting. I dragged my alt down to Jita anticipating a long hunt through dangerous space and was pleasently surprised when it only took me two jumps.
Also from the contents of the container either Shuurh has something to hide or hes trying to frame me for something...
- 100 bags of counterfeit credits
- 1 Test Bong (Bong? whats a bong?)
- 2 Piles of garbage
- 5 Bottles of spirit
- 1 Criminal DNA
- 2 Imperial navy gate permits

So, from the evidence I can deduce that Shuurh used to clean up (salvage) after the imperial navy. One day he got drunk and accidently salvaged a live criminal wanted for questioning over blink fraud with counterfeight credits. On the run from the law he stuffed all the evidence in to a container gave a bookmark away as a treasure hunt... Roughly.

Also there were a few other things :)
- 1 run Navy slicer bpc
- 5 Navy acolytes
- All Navy Hardeners
- Navy EANM
- Navy Adaptive and thermic membrane
- 3 Navy cap rechargers
- Navy heatsink

Thanks a lot blink for all the prizes! Be depositing again shortly once I get some more ISK


lol Loving the write up, very imaginative :)

Confirming this is exactly what happened :P

Reno684
Posted - 2011.07.28 18:16:00 - [2150]
 

Edited by: Reno684 on 28/07/2011 18:38:21
I've applied for a job with your wonderful establishment, but I think I screwed it up. One I don't think my response was well written and two I think the fact that I'm a pirate might hurt it. My corp and I always honor 1v1's and ransom's, but most people refuse to be ransomed because "they dont trust us". I was just curious if you guys would post to see if this hurts my chances (the pirate thing) and how many applicants you plan on applying/recieving. I've been a long time fan of blinking and the excellent customer support you guys give. Even if I never get the job I'll still keep blinking and applying for them when they come up :P

Jarek Creed'ah
Posted - 2011.07.28 18:59:00 - [2151]
 

Put in an application, and currently putting pants on for the interview. Pants are required right? I hope so, hate pants, Kilts are sooooo much better, but willing to sacrifice for the position!

Shuurh
SOMER Blink
Cognitive Development
Posted - 2011.07.29 00:08:00 - [2152]
 

Originally by: Reno684
Edited by: Reno684 on 28/07/2011 18:38:21
I was just curious if you guys would post to see if this hurts my chances (the pirate thing) and how many applicants you plan on applying/recieving.



Being a pirate won't hinder your application at all, you won't need to worry about that. As for the amount of applications, we've had a quite a few so far.


Originally by: Jarek Creed'ah
Put in an application, and currently putting pants on for the interview. Pants are required right? I hope so, hate pants, Kilts are sooooo much better, but willing to sacrifice for the position!

If pants aren't comfortable for you, we don't mind if you wear nothing at all. Kilts work as well though :P

Andrev Nox
SOMER Blink
Cognitive Development
Posted - 2011.07.30 13:08:00 - [2153]
 

Originally by: Shuurh

If pants aren't comfortable for you, we don't mind if you wear nothing at all.


Confirming that, after I read this, I burned every chair in the office.

brb, need more shower.

kc claw
Posted - 2011.07.31 18:39:00 - [2154]
 

Edited by: kc claw on 31/07/2011 18:43:52

AJ DERALI
Posted - 2011.07.31 23:43:00 - [2155]
 

Hi there,
ijust got my Somer Blink account, Sithok, banned for "using multiple accounts to play promo blinks on same computer"

I have myself and my wife playing on 2 separate accounts on 2 separate computers at the same time...

Now they are both hardwired into the same modem..so if that shows up as the same IP address then thats not our fault...

Sithok is my account and GORNASHA is my wife's and we sit side by side using 2 computers..

so please unban my account..

Sithok
Posted - 2011.07.31 23:49:00 - [2156]
 

and sorry...but dunno how i posted on my alt instead of my m ain...but just to show i exist i'm reposting...:)

Lord Kilu
Posted - 2011.08.01 05:26:00 - [2157]
 

Started tonight depostied 110m just ofr good measure. Walked away with basi cyna vaga and still got a couple hundred mil to play with .. awsome fun times for all

Ddolik
Posted - 2011.08.03 18:57:00 - [2158]
 

Good, machariel for token. Thank you :)

kh kristen
Posted - 2011.08.04 19:03:00 - [2159]
 

So far, put in 5,5bil got out 8,4bil. so its fun you can say.

Min0ka
Posted - 2011.08.06 04:14:00 - [2160]
 

Bump :)


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