IP Tracking for Posts

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TaronyuFtuTaw
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If not already configured, some forum software platforms such as IPB allow each post to be tracked by IP address.  That would help you (the admins) to identify and block problem people via IP addresses.  It doesn't prevent the problem children using Tor or other vpn methods, but it would be a start in making it more difficult for them.  Then feed their accounts (searchable by IP address) to the Ban Dragon...  Then perhaps those IP's can also be uploaded to the SoD game itself.  Start blocking the hackers...

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I'm certain that this board

I'm certain that this board has IP tracking that is only visible to the admins. Publicly displaying IP addresses is unsafe.

IP banning requires that people have static IP addresses to be effective. I'm not sure how it works in other countries, but I know if I wanted a static IP I would have to pay a real premium. Apparently the majority of internet users are on Dynamic IP addresses.

The problem with getting trigger-happy with banning IP addresses is that occasionally someone who isn't the offender will later be assigned that same IP address and so will be blocked without having done anything wrong. I've had this trouble with file hosting sites telling me I've downloaded too much when I've never downloaded from them before.

Unfortunately solving the issue is not easy and it depends a lot on the resources at your disposal. There are things on this board that would help like blocking people from making more than a certain number of posts in a certain amount of time. Most big forums have moderators around to keep things in check, but unfortunately that's just not something that SoD seems to be interested in implementing.

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Agreed on the static IP's

I do fully understand ip addressing.  IP tracking is an option that can be turned on.  In some forum platforms such as IPB, the original poster can see THEIR ip posted but no one else.  This is probably just an IPB feature but it's worth mentioning.  As that would at least be a visual reminder.  I haven't seen that here.

 

Many ISP's (internet service providers) tend to give you the same dynamic ip back as your router renews through the ip lease (usually 50% in time span).  This may be set to day or multiple days pending upon what the isp has for their master configurations.

 

If nothing else, if the admins actively managed this, then they could at least block problem people for a short period (or longer).  Obviously the hackers know this, or at least some do, but it could be one way to try mitigatge/reduce some of these problems.

 

As you've experienced, you might end up with a blocked ip although that's exceedingly rare.  That generally can only happen if you are in the same area/network as the originator.  Which means you could get it if you were in the same town, but not in a different city or state.  If the admins/dev's had a ticket system, then they could at least track or respond to such issues although that likelihood is poor.

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That's not the case with me.

That's not the case with me. I get a different IP address every time I reconnect.

I think that the serious sources of spam probably utilise means to circumvent IP blocking. The spam we saw today was a strange individual who crawled out of the woodwork after claiming that s/he stopped trolling for good a while back. This spam run was so short-lived that I almost get the sense that this person was perhaps trying to bury one of the new forum topics as the spamming stopped as soon as that section was filled. Can't say what the PM spam had to do with anything, though.