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Microsoft astroturfing the frontpage news section?


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#1 4n0n   Members   -  Reputation: 239

Posted 06 May 2014 - 06:27 AM

I'm curious, all the Microsoft/Windows Phone related news have a lot more upvotes than the other news.

Are some of the upvotes from external sources or is it astroturfing?



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#2 frob   Moderators   -  Reputation: 20302

Posted 06 May 2014 - 11:00 PM

The news feeds come from outside sources, and I believe the rankings are aggregate across many sites.

While I agree it is fairly rare to see a story with a score in the multiple thousands, since most stories are in the tens and sometimes the hundreds, it does make sense; the story is probably filed under many different fields and is a general interest story. It meets the meme of an indestructible Nokia phone, having a Nokia-brand Windows phone stopping a bullet is mildly funny by itself.

I don't think any suspicious numbers happened, just that it was interesting to a lot of people across a lot of shared news hubs.
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#3 Ravyne   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 7120

Posted 13 May 2014 - 12:22 PM

Microsoft TechEd is also going on this week, and it wasn't long ago that //Build was going on, and in between the two there's been lots of news attention, what with the new CEO, the Nokia deal closing, soaring stock prices, and a slew of other things. In terms of media attention and cool-factor, Microsoft has been the red-headed stepchild for the last 10 years, but that trend is starting to be bucked in the last 6 months or so. Part of your amazement and confusion is probably rooted in the fact that you're simply not used to hearing any good news about Microsoft.






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