KahnaR and PurpleBondGirl, I fully agree with both of your posts about strategies and votes! Especially about the negative voting. PBG, you weren't kidding when you said "wait until you get on the podiums." I've only gotten as high as 18th place in the contests after putting in hard work and (for example, as it happened once) I'll have 300 more votes than a lady above me with higher rating. That's THREE HUNDRED more votes than her, yet her rating was higher by 20 points. Shows all the ladies who are either giving negatives or ones...Although, yes, it IS a competition, I understand...but I have to agree that the negative votes are definitely being overused and taken advantage of.
As far as the original post on this thread goes, I agree that while some might be doing it to "prey on weaker players," I think most do it for the same reasons I do: 1) the main reason for challenging [for me] is to make money, so I definitely only challenge players I know I'll win against--if they happen to be a lower level, so be it, and 2) at this point, I don't want to level up so quickly [as I'm wanting to focus on making my lady stronger] so the less exp points I can get (especially while challenging) the better. I do hate that I have to keep myself "broke" so that if I'm challenged and lose I won't lose much money, but hey, it's all strategy. Just keep yourself broke and/or keep at least one popularity bonus active and that will definitely minimize the amount of people challenging you. -Marley Sky-