swampash wrote:Just a thought - what if a banned member just re-registers under another handle? Pretty sure, for instance, that PV was banned previously (twice I think?) under other names.
As you rightly point out, there is always this possibility and it requires a certain amount of me paying attention. at the moment, registrations require the admin to activate them - it's been this way for a long, long time due to excessive spambot registrations (i'm deleting around 5 to 10 a day). I also need to do a major upgrade to the forum (more on that later but Ed and I are in the middle of discussing how we should go about this.
Sid wrote:An IP should ban their IP meaning they couldn't just create a new username and start posting again. You can get around it but it requires a bit of computer suss. But then if we have active mods they can just re-ban em.
No. I wasn't prepared previously to post a set of instructions on how to circumvent an IP ban whilst everything was kicking off... but, in the end, it is so unbelievably trivial I might as well de-mystify that since people seemed to think it was some amazing computer skills at play. Not so... just reboot your router and it'll likely pick up a new dynamic address from your ISP. So, an IP ban is completely ineffective in my opinion... but then so is a username ban, ultimately.
I can do rudimentary checks on where someone is registering from and/or posting from but it's not infallible and we might as well just assume that the knobends will re-register since it's evident that wumming this forum is the only thing they live for nowadays. in that event, we'll just have to rely on the mods and other users to identify them and deal with them as and when.
To this end, it would be really helpful if we could collate together and agree on all the ideas that have been posted in this thread so that I can publish a set of rules and the mods actually have something to apply.