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OT: Sloppy designing

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by xha44a, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. xha44a

    xha44a Power Member

    Dec 2, 2012
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    So I was at a restaurant called Red Robins. Many of you have been there I'm sure. Anyway they give me a card after says fill out this survey and you could win. Being bored I did so. At the end of the survey it did the following

    1) showed me an animated gif with the text underneath it. Text reads "Checking if you won..." and animated gif is the circle scrolly thing.
    2) After 10 seconds picture and text disappears and an image replaces it that says "Sorry you didn't win"

    I think "WTF I didn't win?" So I naturally inspect element for the picture. Two things stand out for me.

    1) First there is a div with the animated gif and text "Checking if you won" which is now hidden. and Javascript that counts to 10 before hiding it.
    2) The image that I now see is called lose_popup.jpg

    So I am looking at this and feeling pissed off. It wasn't actually checking. It just displayed a "no you don't win now run along" message after ten seconds. So I ask myself, when does it actually check if I win? I'm guessing right at the beginning when you enter your unique code off the receipt from your food bill. It could have told me up front and saved me the entire survey though - would have been nice.

    Here comes the fun part. I copy the image url and change the filename from lose_popup.jpg to win_popup.jpg... here's what comes up :)


    So it would seem that maybe some people do actually win (they weren't scamming me possibly). And it seems their coders are just freaking sloppy. I didn't try claiming the prize (I have some apple products and wouldn't use another) btw.

    Anyway off topic - but contests that aren't really contests (which this seemed like) really piss me off. And I thought this was interesting so I posted it here.
  2. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

    Nov 27, 2008
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    He who laughs last, laughs longest.
    Email them the code in the win_popup.jpg and tell them you won and want your prize. See what they tell you. lol