Cheaters don't always even realise they are cheating in TD's. It's been so ingrained in them that the 'way to win' is to follow the model of a few who I won't name here and FM everyone on their friends list who -might- agree with them that they think this is a perfectly acceptable way of TDing.
I want to touch on this again because it's the biggest way people 'cheat' and it's also the biggest way they do so innocently, so they think.
TD's aren't political campaigns. The objective isn't to 'get out the vote' to people who will obviously be bisased FOR you to begin with.
TD's are intended to be completely objective debates. In a TD utopia they'd be decided by completely objective voters based solely on arguments. Obviously we don't live in any such utopia.
Those of you who practice this, be honest. You damn sure don't send out invites to view a TD you think for a second the viewer might disagree with. You send them either to people you believe will agree, or to people you believe will vote for you regardless.
I've done a lot of TD's, and I've asked 'friends' to STOP voting for me just because it was me. When it appeared that I was getting votes I didn't deserve from 'alters' I asked someone to ask someone to ask someone to stop. Bottom line is, I oppose getting biased votes even when they are in my favor. (except when it comes to Roy, but that's a completely different blog)
TD voting SHOULD be completely unbiased. That means FMing all of your friends to vote for you is unacceptable. Even if you try and do it innocently. Send it to the FN Community group and be done with it if you must send it out. There is nothing honest about sending the link to a single person privately.