Intrepid investigator John Digger has unearthed evidence that the points system on TheSpoof.com is being abused - by the writers themselves.
Mr Digger, a freelance investigative journalist who has never contributed to The Spoof, but who regularly reads the stories posted there, said, "I became suspicious when I noticed that some writers' stories always start out with a 5-star rating, no matter how good or bad they are. In fact one top writer's stories always start out with 10 points. Somehow he's managing to rate them twice as soon as he submits them."
Although the writer in question wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, he did agree to be interviewed by Mr. Digger. When asked why he always double-rates his stories on submission, he said that as far as he's concerned, being classed as one of the top twenty writers is far more important than what people think of his stories.
Mr Digger also noticed that relatively few stories initially appear as unrated, indicating that many writers submit their stories with a five-star rating. Given that stories should be written for FUN he suggests that those writers who cheat on their points are the ones who should be pelted with corn cobs!