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Old 04-17-2011, 02:26 AM   Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread.   #1
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About cheating to obtain potatoes

Some people worked very hard to obtain their potatoes and it's not fair to them to let other users click a button to get 15.

For now, you can hold on to the potatoes. But any potatoes that were obtained through the cheating site will be removed tomorrow.

UPDATE: Cheated potatoes have been removed from profiles, but they have not been removed from the overall potato count. If you previously used the web page to give yourself the potatoes, you have the chance to re-earn them now, though they will not increase the counter on the glados@home page (no double dipping!).
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:27 AM   #2
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That's good!
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:28 AM   #3
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Why isn't the potato count changing through this whole ordeal?
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:28 AM   #4
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Some people worked very hard to obtain their potatoes and it's not fair to them to let other users click a button to get 15.

For now, you can hold on to the potatoes. But any potatoes that were obtained through the cheating site will be removed tomorrow.
Kudos to you, man, for not just banning the lot!
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:28 AM   #5
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How did these people even manage to award the potatoes to players in the first place, if it wasn't legit?

Also, could they have compromised accounts?
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:28 AM   #6
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if we earn legitimate potatoes from now will we keep them?
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:28 AM   #7
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Why isn't the potato count changing through this whole ordeal?
We all know why...
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:29 AM   Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread.   #8
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Why isn't the potato count changing through this whole ordeal?
As I mentioned on the other thread - the potatoes weren't deleted from the profiles of cheaters, they were just hidden from display on the steam community.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:29 AM   #9
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We are honestly very sorry; some of us (UK, for example) had just woken up, saw a way to get potatoes, and did it.

Apologies for souring what has otherwise been a very enjoyable ARG, Valve!
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:29 AM   #10
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:29 AM   #11
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Thank you for not slamming down on people who used it. I admit, I feel bad about using the site, and would gladly accept losing even my legit potatoes as punishment.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:30 AM   #12
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I think the biggest question is whether or not the potatoes affect the outcome at all, or are just for show.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:30 AM   #13
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As I mentioned on the other thread - the potatoes weren't deleted from the profiles of cheaters, they were just hidden from display on the steam community.
Just saw it then. That makes sense. I think I speak for everyone with hacked potatoes here that we were just doing it because we thought mods were ok with it, and it was all in the spirit of releasing Portal 2 sooner. Sorry if we broke any rules

Thanks for posting an official response.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:30 AM   #14
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Agreed. :P
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:31 AM   #15
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How did these people even manage to award the potatoes to players in the first place, if it wasn't legit?

Also, could they have compromised accounts?
They cracked the algorithm that generates the number after k= in the link for some of the games

And no, accounts could not be compromised, it used steams official 3rd party login thing which doesnt give passwords or anything like that
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