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ThunderThighs wrote:Hang on. We're not ignoring you. We're huddled over the phone and email trying to figure this out.
Thank you; we appreciate it!
Woots so far:
11/17/06 - Random Crap (3), 12/07/07 - When I Was Your Age Shirt (1), 12/25/07 - Random Crap (3), 7/12/09 - Woot-Off Lights (1), 8/6/9 - Framed Star Wars Film Cells (1), 12/9/09 - Screaming Monkey with Woot Cape (1), 12/25/09 - Santa Sack O'Crap (1)
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chrylis wrote:To the Woot staff and everybody complaining about the availability to order before the last piece was posted:
This was a treasure map. It was a puzzle. I solved the map by grabbing every piece up to the last one (although the one before that wasn't really necessary; Ominously was easy), trying a few arrangements to see what made the most sense, and trying letter combinations for the "gw" until I got the Buccaneers of Caribbean page. Solving a puzzle by putting pieces together and trying variations until it works isn't cheating, it's the whole point of having the puzzle in the first place.
Most people usually don't get a chance to order a Buccaneers of Caribbean when it shows up, even if they've been obsessively clicking the reload button for hours. This treasure map was an entertaining way to shake up the land rush, and demands to ban those of us who managed to figure out the answer without needing every single clue by calling us cheaters are insulting.
The cheating isn't the people who solved the puzzle early. The cheating is the people who didn't even know there was a puzzle to be solved, but found the URL on a site like slick deals before the final piece was released.
The true mistake was woot not making the puzzle itself REQUIRE solving. If you had the URL, you were golden, regardless of whether you had been following along for hours and working to solve the puzzle.
I have no problem with "early solvers" who trial-and-errored their way to the URL. It's something woot should expect. The mistake was woot not making the last puzzle piece impossible to trial-and-error solve.
I ain't signing anything! What? It's not that kind of signature? Oh. So that's what it is? Oh. I'm still not interested.