I have no idea what you mean by "track IPs" but whatever it is I'm pretty sure we can do it.
As I said before, the racial slurs of a troll hurt less than feeling unsupported by the moderators with this issue. I grew a trust in this community and have became attached to many of the people, I feel very let down.
I'm past anger, I'm just disappointed.
Hell, we make friends here.
I’ll keep working on it, but try not to be offended by it in the mean time. Those I actually mean to offend are few and far between.
Well, if the website can actively identify an IP and allow it to only vote once, then a single user with several screen names would still be limited to only one vote.
If the software can do this, then I believe that it can do a block based on IP address and not simply a user account. This would mean that the mods would not have to chase around every new incarnation of a troll because the troll's IP would simply be blocked.
Let me articulate my current idea that best addresses this:
2) Allow members to automatically ignore users below a certain reputation threshold. The default would be to ignore only the most disruptive members and users would be able to change their preferences to tweak this threshold.
Yeah, but it would also mean a bunch of other things.
For random example - and we had to check this the other night when we had some computer problem - Anastasia and I, when both using our laptop at home, are apparently both assigned the same IP.
So your solution, while locking out the trolls, would also make it impossible for people like us to both post on the same forum.
Anastasia and I, when both using our laptop at home, are apparently both assigned the same IP.
nimh wrote:Anastasia and I, when both using our laptop at home, are apparently both assigned the same IP.
ahh, I'd read this as being one laptop.
yup, I sometimes wonder if the reason Set doesn't post anymore is that I told him I'd be pissed if he got banned, as I'd end up locked out as well. Cramped his style, so to speak.
I don't think that happened exactly like that. Your computers should not have had the same IP... ever. I think your problems stemmed from elsewhere.
For instance a wireless router will have an address like
and then all the rest of computers on the router will be assigned an address such that...
computer 1: 18.104.22.168
computer 2: 22.214.171.124
computer 3: 126.96.36.199
computer n: 186.192.1.(some number between 1-255)
if you run the test again, go to run >> cmd and then type "ipconfig /all" in the command prompt, you should find that your IP addresses are not the same.
Better than the IP ban is the hardware ban, but I admit that one is a lot more tricky and I don't personally understand the nuances very well, but it uses the computer's MAC address which is absolutely unique.