auto clickers would only be an efficient way to "rig" a vote if you had an entire computer lab going all night, which is unfeasible for most people who would participate in this.
and yeah, this contest was basically won on the first day. there was a big spike in participation that leveled off severely in a matter of hours. the subsequent (much smaller) spikes perfectly sync up around the times when people are waking up/going on lunch/getting home from work. the 49ers fans were even outvoting us for about an hour and a half at one point which would have been almost impossible if we were botting the vote.
exactly my point. but no one outside this thread will understand that.