Top 25 Canadian Immigrants 2010 - Solicitation for Votes


CanadaImmigrant
#1
Dear (friends),

Hope you are all well. May I ask you for your help?

As the Toronto Star newspaper's Canadian Immigrant magazine named me as 1 of the Top 75 Canadian immigrants of 2010, I wondered if I may ask for your vote to be in the Top 25? If you agree, I would add your name and e-mail address to my tally.

May I have your family and friends' votes as well? If they agree, may you please send me their names and e-mail addresses and I will count their votes. They can also send their names and e-mail addresses directly to me at: [email] . You have to be a Canadian resident (excluding Quebec - sorry this is their rule) and at least 19 years of age. You will only be contacted if you are 1 of the 2 random winners of a $500.00 Visa gift card. I would be extremely grateful for their support. Feel free to forward this e-mail.

Thanks so much and please reply if I may have your votes!
 
petros
+2
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What have you accomplished to get my vote?
 
EagleSmack
+1
#3
I thought it was funny reading that you had to be a Canadian resident...excluding Quebec!

What's the deal with that?

Also how does stuffing a ballott box make you the best Canadian immigrant?
 
CanadaImmigrant
#4
The competition is over.

The candidate who composed this email won.

I was just wondering what people thought of this type of vote solicitation?

Is it against the rules?

Website here: www.canadianimmigrant.ca/top25 (external - login to view)
 
petros
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

I thought it was funny reading that you had to be a Canadian resident...excluding Quebec!

What's the deal with that?

Also how does stuffing a ballott box make you the best Canadian immigrant?

Quebec has it's own lotto and prize award scheme.
 
CanadaImmigrant
#6
Some more facts related to this case.

- 75 candidates were eligible for selection as a top-25 immigrant in the contest.

- all "voters" on the site were eligible to vote for 3 candidates.

- each voter would enter their name, their email, and check off a box stating they agreed to vote only "once" in the competition.

- the person who solicited votes with the above email, didn't direct his supporters to the site to vote (and why is this?). Instead, he collected their emails for his "tally". He further didn't tell his would-be supporters that they had the option to vote for up to two other candidates.

- he presumably used the emails of those individuals who agreed to support him, and voted at the site with their information. If he did this, he would have checked off the box that he agreed to vote only "once" in the contest for each of these emails.

- given that every email had up to 3 votes, the question becomes, what did he do with the additional votes?

- it is clear that the method he used to solicit votes permits a mechanism for him to "rig" votes, since it would allow him to vote for 2 additional candidates for every one of his "supporter's" emails.

- he could have used these additional votes to vote for candidates he felt he was not competitive with. This would have reduced the likelihood that candidates who were competitive with him would be voted into the top-25. This in turn, would have increased his chances of finishing in the top-25.

- although this type of activity is clearly in poor taste, does it constitute outright cheating?

These are the 24 other candidates who were selected as Top-25 winners.

Donovan Bailey
Raffi Cavoukian
Vasdev Chanchlani
Dr. Jagessar Das
Rafael Fabregas
John Furlong
Charan Gill
Ian Hanomansing
Maggie Ip
Sultan Jessa
Aditya Jha
Vinod Karna
Dr. Joyce Madigane
Hadi Mahabadi
Dr. Lalita Malhotra
Vivienne Poy
Sumith Priyashantha
Balwant Sanghera
Vijay Sappani
Dr. Asha Seth
Fulvia Fadigas de Souza
Yasuko Tanaka
Parag Tandon
Suchart Yodkerepauprai
 
Risus
+1
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

What have you accomplished to get my vote?

Typical immigrant: wants something for nothing...
 
CanadaImmigrant
#8
Voting for the 2013 competition begins March 21.

The bio for the person referred to in this thread is here:

David Lin | Canadian Immigrant (external - login to view)

A few days ago something very significant happened to him. More news to follow.
 

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