It has been a long time since I’ve made a blog post here at Crown Crazed, and admittedly, a long time since I’ve even touched the website. My knowledge of the Gmail system has inspired me to help Royals fans use a faster method to #VoteRoyals and exploit the 2015 MLB All-Star game voting system.
As you are likely aware, we Royals fans are making a mockery of the All-Star voting system – and kudos to us all! In the current system, fans can vote on the official MLB All-Star game ballot up to 35 times from a single email address.
The process is simple, visit the ballot, click the Royals logo at the top, select Royals players, enter your email address, then keep filling out the captcha until you hit 35 votes. You can repeat this process each day. (Rules state – “You may vote in the All-Star Balloting Program 35 times between 4/29/15 and 7/2/15,” but the system allows 35 votes per email address each day). Pretty simple.
One email address to rule them all
35 times per day, that’s pretty nice, but what if you want to vote more than 35 times per day? You have to use a different email address, or create a new email address.
The most time consuming part of the #VoteRoyals ballot box stuffing process is creating additional email addresses to keep the debauchery going all throughout the day so you can vote as many times as you want. Well, that is not necessary! There is no need to create multiple email addresses. It can all be done from a single Gmail email address. You’ll be able to vote much more than a million times with a single email address, if you’re so inclined… or if you have the time.
If you don’t have one already, sign up for a Gmail email address (http://gmail.com). Now that you have a Gmail address, the hard part is complete.
Gmail is a very unique and powerful free email address. With your Gmail account, you can create tons of filters, track how people email you, etc. We’re going to use this power for evil, if you talk to Cardinals and Yankees fans, or brilliance according to Royals fans!
Not to get too nerdy on you, but Gmail allows you to use a + (plus sign) in addition to your email address to track emails from whatever source you want (newsletters, social media profiles, contests, etc.). This is where we start to exploit MLB’s All-Star Game voting system even further!
Let’s say your Gmail email address is email@example.com you can simply add +anything after the username part of the email address and it is viewed as a completely new email address by outside websites.
For example, use firstname.lastname@example.org to vote 35 times, then use email@example.com to vote 35 times, and on, and on, and on, using +anythingyouwant.
If you’re interested in more details about how the plus sign works in Gmail, plus a bonus about how Gmail treats a period in a Gmail address, check out 2 hidden ways to get more from your Gmail address.
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Make sure your votes go through, use a Proxy
UPDATE – According to Jeffri Chadiha in Royals ruling All-Star voting for multiple reasons, all legit:
MLB makes a concerted effort to investigate votes that: 1. come from accounts created using email addresses that appear to have been tweaked in some way that too closely resemble another address; 2. multiple voting accounts that come from the same IP address; and 3. troubling patterns in voting that emerge during the reviews by a third-party company employed to chart All-Star Game balloting trends.
Bowman said that process alone leads to about 20 percent of the votes that are cast online being eliminated every year. With that in mind, all the votes MLB has reported so far have been sanitized.
A proxy hides your true location on the internet. You can make it appear as if you’re on the east coast, Holland, Japan, the UK… anywhere!
Vote Early. Vote Often.
Voting ends on July 2, 2015 at 10:59 pm central time, so get voting… and share this method with every Royals fan you meet!