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Randomizing schedules
« on: August 07, 2015, 12:41:47 PM »
I have four auto-follow schedules all set to an interval of one hour. Each of the schedules uses a number of keywords in spintax format. The "Randomize schedules to appear more natural" box is now checked, although I think it wasn't when some of the schedules were initially created.

It appears that the schedules all 'fire' once every hour within a few seconds of each other. That is, the "Last Run" time is updated for all four schedules after one hour has elapsed. So what I want to know is, does only one of the schedules add followers to my account even though all four "Last Run" times are updated? You might think that it would be easy to determine this simply by looking at the "Following" figure in my account after each run, but it's not because Pinterest is currently displaying it as 1.3k. Any thoughts anyone?

It would be nice to have an extra column added that shows a running total of followers added by each schedule.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2015, 12:44:50 PM by Cobraforce »

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Re: Randomizing schedules
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2015, 04:09:13 PM »
A workaround that I've used is to manually start each of the 4 autofollow schedules some minutes apart. Obviously a coded solution would be better.

Re: Randomizing schedules
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2015, 03:03:46 AM »
A workaround that I've used is to manually start each of the 4 autofollow schedules some minutes apart. Obviously a coded solution would be better.

I started with the four schedules set to auto-follow at various intervals so that they wouldn't all run at the same time. But then I read this in the update section:

Version 1.1052

This update adds the "Randomize schedules to appear more natural" checkbox on the Schedules tab. What this will do is, rather than run all schedules one after the other, it will randomly select one of the schedules to run each time. That is, if you have 4 auto-pin schedules set to run every 3 minutes, rather than running each one every three minutes, only one (on average) will actually run every three minutes. This way you can put a bunch of schedules in that post to different boards etc. and let the software randomly pick which one to post to and when. This will create a more natural, random pattern of pinning (and following/unfollowing/inviting). Keep in mind that this will affect all schedules, not just pinning.


So that led me to believe that I could set them all to an interval of one hour and check the "Randomize schedules to appear more natural" checkbox, which would then randomly select one of the schedules at hourly intervals.

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Re: Randomizing schedules
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2015, 03:55:26 AM »
That makes perfect sense to me, Cobra, so I thank you for pointing it out. And I look forward to a comment from Jon to confirm/correct/elucidate, whichever is needed.

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Re: Randomizing schedules
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2015, 05:21:39 AM »
Randomizing causes only one schedule to run per interval. So if you set them all to one hour only one person hour will run.

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Re: Randomizing schedules
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2015, 03:00:57 PM »
Thanks Jon,
Now... does the same apply to INVITING?
That is, if I have 6 inviting schedules all active, will only one run per hour?


Re: Randomizing schedules
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2015, 03:21:41 PM »
Randomizing causes only one schedule to run per interval. So if you set them all to one hour only one person hour will run.

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Thanks for your response, Jon. So, if that is the case, then why does the "Last Run" time update for all four schedules every hour within a few seconds of each other?

Also, can you give us an idea of how checking the "Randomize schedules to appear more natural" box would affect the schedules if they had different intervals set? For example, what would happen if two of my schedules were set to an interval of one hour and the other two to three hours? What about if, in addition to these settings, I also had a number of pinning schedules set at different intervals and also a number of invite schedules also set to different intervals?



Re: Randomizing schedules
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2015, 03:35:50 PM »
That makes perfect sense to me, Cobra, so I thank you for pointing it out. And I look forward to a comment from Jon to confirm/correct/elucidate, whichever is needed.

You're welcome.

Re: Randomizing schedules
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2015, 12:45:06 PM »
Hi Jon,

I have just updated SM to version 1.126. On completion of the update, I started SM and immediately clicked on the Schedules tab. Within a few seconds, all four of my auto-follow schedules' "Last Run" time updated to the current time. The "Randomize schedules to appear more natural" box is checked. I am unable to determine how many followers were added to my Pinterest account because of the way Pinterest now reports numbers of pins, following, etc (e.g. 1.9k instead of 1937). Should this behaviour be interpreted as only one of the four schedules actually executed (i.e. added followers) even though all four run times were updated? I asked this question in my original post at the top of this thread but it remains unanswered. Thanks.

I should also point out that all this happened before I even had the chance to log in to my Pinterest account, and I know I logged out before I last shut down SM. So this prompts me to ask you to confirm that SM automatically logs in to carry out the tasks specified in active schedules when it is started with no intervention by the user. And, if that is the case, does it log out again when the tasks have been completed?

Edit: I just switched to the Web tab and typed http:pinterest.com/my_user_name and it is asking me to log in. So, obviously, it does log out again when the tasks have been completed. But, if all schedules are paused when SM is started, no log in takes place. And if I log in manually and then enable schedules, SM does not log out after a schedule is run. Is this correct?
« Last Edit: August 10, 2015, 01:12:43 PM by Cobraforce »

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Re: Randomizing schedules
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2015, 07:51:48 PM »
Only one of the tasks actually ran. The others are marked as ran so they won't try to run until the next time frame. That's what randomize schedules does -- just run one of the schedules each time.

Re: Randomizing schedules
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2015, 03:39:27 AM »
Only one of the tasks actually ran. The others are marked as ran so they won't try to run until the next time frame. That's what randomize schedules does -- just run one of the schedules each time.

Hi Jon, thanks for getting back. After taking your comments into account and watching SM for a while, I am still a little confused about how the randomize schedules works. I have attached an image of my schedules tab, which shows I have:
1) Four following schedules all active and set to an interval of one hour;
2) Five pinning schedules, only two of which are currently active with one set to an interval of 12 minutes and the other to an interval of 23 minutes.

I have interpreted what you've said as meaning, in this case, that if all six active schedules were set to the same interval, e.g. one hour, then only one of them would actually run, even though all the "Last Run" times are updated at the appropriate time. But what about this situation? Will only one of the schedules actually run with these settings?

Re: Randomizing schedules
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2015, 04:17:44 PM »
Only one of the tasks actually ran. The others are marked as ran so they won't try to run until the next time frame. That's what randomize schedules does -- just run one of the schedules each time.

John this is VERY confusing to new users. Is there a better way to do it.