Thanks for all your input. It nice to hear how you feel. We are considering the options, and plan continue to thoughtfully improve RiffWorld after the 2.6 update.
If you suspect someone is playing their own songs repeatedly to stay on the charts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org directly and immediately, telling us who you believe is doing this and why you suspect them, with as many details as possible, including dates, links, screen captures, and anything else you think will help, and we will deal with it offline, directly with the person, if we feel it will help on a case by case basis. Do not blame the person because you have no way of knowing if they are promoting their music or playing the songs themselves. It is inflammatory to blame someone publicly.
The reason we need you to email us details is because there is no way our small group of staff can keep up with all the comments going on, so we need your help if something goes wrong with the evidence to back it up.
We appreciate people linking to their songs from other websites to increase their listens - it helps spread the word about this fun community, and sells the software, which we need to survive. Word of mouth is a huge reason people buy RiffWorks, and RiffWorks is selling well, which is good for us and the RiffWorld community, so thanks to those who spread the word! I suggest, if someone cares about their song plays (or lack thereof), spend more time getting friends and the public to listen to your music rather than arguing with others about their song plays.
I'm going to go listen to your music now