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Site Suggestions, Trolls, Cons,...jose_Tex_mex
Apr 11, 2003 5:38 AM
The following are a few suggestions I would like to put forward for the approval of the board in dealing with Trolls.

1) For all usernames, print out another line of code which either shows the date the account was created and/or the number of posts the person has named.

2) An option alongside each posting allowing users to vote on trolls or the probability thereof. This information would be stored and printed out alonside the username if the probability of being a Troll was high enough.

3) Link usernames to IP addresses. It's not 100% fool proof. However, it will help correlate Troll addresses. If an IP shows up twice in the database, the username and an AKA would show up.

Again, this code is trivial. If this site is done in cfm, php, or something along those lines I will even write it for fun.

The troll postings on this site are not surprising. The number of people who get suckered in to responding is.
Apr 11, 2003 7:00 AM
I can't see IPs, but I sure wish I could.

Over all, though, the troll problem here isn't nearly as bad as many sites, even the ones that have some of the features you mention. We tend to be pretty good at self-restraint.

Often, I suspect, is that trolls re-log with a different handle and respond to their own troll posts, making it appear that the ball is rolling, and to get everyone else riled up. We know a certain individual did that about a year or so ago, and when caught by not logging in under the correct handle, he disappeared (as far as we know).

The troll issue is actually pretty easy to deal with. Don't respond. It takes a whole lot of discipline, but it will work, by definition. All they want is attention, and when they don't get it, they go away.

Gregg can respond, but there may be technical reasons why the things you suggest cannot be done with this software package, or it may be too costly to implement. Also, there may be marketing reasons, too. It might dissuade some people from visiting the site, if anonymity were not available.

What about a link from the home page?Captain Morgan
Apr 11, 2003 7:09 AM
Right now, they have General, Components, and Cyclocross. We get a heck of a lot more posts than Cyclocross, so having our own direct link would be nice.
IP != Userczardonic
Apr 11, 2003 2:26 PM
First, you cannot assume that every person logging on from a particular IP is the same user, as multiple people from an office or household may use the same computer to visit the site.

Second, you cannot assume that a user logs in or registers with a consistant IP. Dial-up users, for example, get a new IP each time they connect to the internet.

Besides, why focus on the trolls? Why not identify and rate the suckers who respond to them?