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Developer offered bribe for fake comments on the Smart App Challenge, Samsung denies involvement

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Developer offered bribe for fake comments on the Smart App Challenge, Samsung denies involvement
An app developer, Delyan Kratunov, has apparently been offered half a grand to put in some good "organic" comments on the Samsung Smart App Challenge at Stack Overflow, a coding community.

The request has been sent by a Samsung ad agency subcontractor, which asked the developer to log in a few “organic and casual” comments there, like “Anyone know anything about SSAC?” and “Need some feedback on the app I am about to enter for the Samsung Smart App Challenge.”

After the developer went public with the offer, it was quickly retracted upon with a follow-up email:

Hello Recipients,

My name is James Yoo, Director of Operations for Fllu. There has been contact that was made from our company regarding promotional opportunities, specifically to be made via public community channels - namely Stackexchange/Stackoverflow. Please note that our request to promote via these public channels is a breach against their Terms of Service and could result in your account being terminated. We do not condone such actions that contradict the respective forum policies and would like to redact any correspondences made.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you and best regards.

Later on James Yoo commented that Fllu, where he is Operations Manager, is not in fact authorized by Samsung to do those requests, and that the part of the offer where it related approval from an ad agency doing work for Samsung, was misleading. 

Samsung also chimed in with a scathing statement, saying that it had no idea its name is being used to popularize the App Challenge against cash on forum threads, and that's definitely not what they authorized the original ad agency to do in the first place.

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posted on 05 Aug 2013, 03:18 22

1. Sesameopen (Posts: 106; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Tsk Tsk Samsung.... Caught red-handed again!

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 03:20 8

2. Sesameopen (Posts: 106; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Samsung caught in another controversey. What are the odds.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:18 18

13. Zeus.k (unregistered)


You being an idiot, commenting without even reading the article just for the sake of hating Samsung which is in fashion right now amongst idiots like you. What are the odds.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:21 20

16. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


blind samsungfan.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:47 11

21. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


lol blind hater....it works two ways dude :P

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:53 14

26. Zeus.k (unregistered)


No sir, I'm not. I am an android fan. Love Google, Samsung, LG, motorola, htc, sony and Nokia also.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 07:00 3

35. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Brainwashed Apple Fan

™®

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 03:40 13

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You do realize that marketing agencies are independent companies, right? Half the time when you're at a store and working with a "Samsung," "LG," or "Motorola" rep you're really talking to someone from a marketing agency.

In fact, at Best Buy all of those "Samsung" reps in the Experience Shops are actually employees of marketing companies.

At another Best Buy that has an "Apple" rep staffed there, a newbie coworker bought a Macbook. He wanted to get an Air instead and took the Macbook back to that store. The "Apple" rep told him to take the Macbook to our store instead so he didn't take the hit on the return. For those of you who don't know, an employee buying a big ticket item at one store and returning it at another is a cardinal sin and a fireable offense, which sadly the poor kid had no clue about since he had just started working for us. The stupid thing is that while we could take the return, it would end up going right back to his Best Buy anyway. My customer service manager immediately contacted the managers at that Best Buy and they promptly went out and ripped the Apple rep a new one.

The end result? An embarrassed newbie, about five pissed off managers from two different stores, and a shady Apple rep being exposed for the slime he is. Except I'm pretty sure that like the Samsung reps, he's employed by a marketing company instead.

But this was all because the asshole didn't want a Macbook returned.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 03:59 6

10. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Addendum: because the kid had no idea that the advice given him by the Apple rep was the biggest d**k move you can pull on another store, he did not actually get in trouble himself. Once he understood the situation and the rule he apologized profusely for causing a fuss and immediately left to return the Macbook at the original store.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 03:51 2

9. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


They seem to have all kinds of underhanded tricks up their sleeves.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 06:19 5

33. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Shamesung

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 14:33 1

41. jdoee100 (Posts: 307; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Why is this even news? Samsung offered money to a developer to get the words out about their upcoming event, how is this bad??

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 03:22 15

3. taojj (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


I am getting sick of Samsung's dirty practices.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:20 10

15. Zeus.k (unregistered)


and who are you? Let me guess. Another idiot posting comments without reading the article.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:49 9

22. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


like Zeus said, did you even read the article, the comments he made where not even about any of samsungs products...

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 05:04 7

27. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


You can't blame them for posting hate comments. Samsung did hired students to bash other companies once, it's very shame for a company to do that.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 06:16 6

31. Jason2k13 (Posts: 657; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


so your saying if samsung didnt do anything wrong, its ok for people to bash just because of something that happened in the past?

That sounds more like trolling to me, and you sound like your promoting it.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 06:18 3

32. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Hate comments. It works both ways. It is okay for to bash iPhones, Blackberries, and Windows Phones but not Samsung, or Android for that matter? I'm just being honest with what i think, and so is everyone else.
But Samsung DID use underhanded tactics like Xperia Droid said.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 06:34 5

34. Zeus.k (unregistered)


So did Nokia and MS. Does that mean I should be crying over that in every wp related article. Samsung apologized for that and so did Nokia for their lil camera trick. Move on.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 13:25

40. -box- (Posts: 3857; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


In fairness to Nokia, and in a similar situation to the one described in this article, it was the fault of the ad agency, not Nokia themselves. Furthermore, the ad agency didn't say that the shots were taken with a 920, but it was demonstrating what OIS was, which, I believe, the DSLR used did have and was making use of.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 03:27 1

4. theminolaboy (Posts: 128; Member since: 18 May 2013)


What goes around comes around..

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 03:31 6

5. rantao333 (Posts: 265; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Samsung again?! the best selling smartphones manufacturer? lol...
i wonder why ppl still buy their products..

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 03:41 14

8. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh look. Someone else who didn't read the article.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:01 6

11. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Do you really think that these stupid haters care about the article?

Another example here..
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Specs-leak-for-the-Samsung-Hennessy-Android-flip-phone_id46017

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:14 6

12. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


They make best smartphones! That's why!

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:49 6

23. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


they make really good phones and have the BEST marking...end of troll

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 03:41 5

7. jacko1977 (Posts: 397; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


apple is still #1 at doin stuff like this

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:18

14. Sauce (unregistered)


Wow samsung

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 07:02

36. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


And Android FTW™

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:39 8

17. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


So if Microsoft and BlackBerry pay developers to make apps for their platform is ok, but when an ad agency pays someone to promote app development for Samsung, even when Samsung is not aware of the deal, it becomes a problem. I'm not surprised as Samsung is at the top, hence the army of haters...SMH!

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 05:18 5

29. Zeus.k (unregistered)


Well said. Tge same was the case when apple was at the top. Now we literally have an army of blind and idiot Samsung haters trolling every article.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:39 5

18. Altair (Posts: 333; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Ahh a poor Shamesung copycat on the road again. Every month something like this pops out.

We all know bad business morale of shamesung. Dont you know what shame is?

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:52 8

25. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


does your capacity for stupidity never end....clearly....i can see you didnt even read the article...

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 01:10

43. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Windows avatar ... what else to expect. Read the headlines and start commenting is fashion these days.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:42

19. Sondae (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


LOL swiping mode...

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:44

20. RGreen (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jul 2012)


Got to love it

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:51 7

24. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


jeez these stupid haters that didnt read the article, the comments had nothing to do with the samsung brand....might want to change the title Daniel

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 05:07

28. Cyberchum (Posts: 272; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The only thing stopping me from buying Samsung smartphones is their build quality and their glossy finish. IMO, SGS2 and OG NOTE are there last two phones with good built quality. I like their software side though, some may be gimmicks and rarely used but they are welcomed additions.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 05:58 1

30. gazmatic (Posts: 625; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


astroturfing is NOT new

bribery is part of their repetoir

people will still buy their stuff

i generally give "" this many shiites

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 07:36

37. great (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


they also offered a blogger to write positive reviews for the s3 when it was launched and then it became a controversy his name is clinton jeff ...and that article came on many popular websites !

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 01:11

44. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


M$ has been doing this day in and day out during their hey days

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 10:04

38. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The behavior here is both incredibly amusing and appalling at the same time. It's a good thing we're past the days of lynch mobs! The way people can jump to conclusions, assume, and make completely irrational judgments is astounding!

Read the f-n article. It appears that Samsung isn't even in the wrong here! Seriously people! Quit drinking the hateraid and read these articles slightly objectively!

None of our favorite companies are saints. Not Samsung, Apple, HTC, Sony.. NONE OF THEM.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 12:55

39. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


even if you have been able to prove it, samsung would not have dignity and courage to admit it.
they will always deny, and looking for an excuse for every bad things they've done, maybe samsung has never dared to compete in a fair way.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 20:52 1

42. roscuthiii (Posts: 1859; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Click-bait article. Samsung barely has anything to do with the story. Shouldn't even be mentioned in the title.

Shame on Daniel, shame on PA. We know you need to think about revenue, but at least try to show some semblance of respectable journalism.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 22:01

45. regkilla (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


caught again

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