I do not claim to be an expert, but my opinion is this. A few people are ego driven and want top ten ranking at all costs. I really do not care if a place is ranked #1 or #1,000 when I visit.
I think a much larger group of people is trying to attract people by making it seem like there is a crowd at their region. In open sim, we often like to go where there are people. In this case, you might teleport to a region with 6 people showing; just to find out they are all bots or afk .
It is not coincidence when it happens every single day. Many region owners are inflating numbers either for top ten bragging or to make it appear there is a crowd.
The ranking and the avi numbers in osw are totally worthless because of people trying to scam the system.
I would like to see osw get rid of both of these numbers. If you have 10 people at a dance and want everyone to know, make a post showing all them. Sure, your post could have a picture of bots, but the scammers would have to work much harder and the would not be able to make posts every hour.
I do not agree with Pagane on many topics, but on this topic she is correct. She may not have handled it correctly, but she is correct that osw TOS are being badly abused by some of the top ranking region owners. They make extensive use of bots to inflate ranking or events.
I am praying that osw will throw out all numbers…..live and ranking. That would be a major step in the right direction. I understand people love the live numbers, but if they are 50% fake at many top regions, what good are they?