jovoto listens: Vote Trading Be Gone!


We’re back with another instalment of the jovoto Listens blog post series.

This series is designed to make you aware of updates and changes on the platform that have been inspired by you. We know you know the platform better than anyone, since you use it every day and we’re keen to make changes you think will keep everything in line with our ethos of transparency and fairness.

Many of you contacted us about your suspicions that some users were using tactics to trade votes and skew the results of Crowdstorms through the notification process we had. It used to be when another user scored your idea with a 9 or 10 out of 10, you’d get a notification saying “username” loves your idea!

Those of you who got in touch with us suggested that the fact the user who scored you highly was named might encourage you to return the vote, or that some people might even get in touch with others asking to trade high scores with each other, using the message as proof. We looked into it and agreed that there might be an opening here for unfair voting tactics to be employed.

However, we were a bit torn about removing the notice, because we think it’s awesome to get a note saying someone rated your idea highly. It’s a nice confidence boost and encourages that community spirit we endeavour to foster on the platform.


So we decided that instead of removing it completely, you’ll now get a notice saying “A jovotan gave your idea “idea title” a top rating.” That way you can’t tell who sent it, but you still get the news that a fellow jovotan liked your idea enough to give it a top rating.

As always we’re open to further suggestions from you all and we’re keen to hear from you. You can contact us on the platform via Private Message, through the support centre, in the comments sections or on our FB or Twitter accounts. We hope this small change makes jovoto even more fair!


Jess has been a Community Manager at jovoto since 2011. She enjoys getting to know community members from different parts of the globe, creating dialog and watching exciting ideas take shape on the platform.



    For me , this is a great solution. I agree it´s a boost when someone loves your idea, but you don´t really need to know from whom does the love come

    I agree with Alfonso 🙂 a great change!