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Multiple usernames, accounts and privacy of the user


delphiandomine Activity: 56 / 15,108
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27 Nov 2012  #1

A quick question - what's the forum policy on multiple usernames and the privacy of the user?

Vincent Activity: 9 / 809
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27 Nov 2012  #2

There is a note for all to see under rule 20.

NOTE: It is possible for Admin and moderators to determine which username/s the poster has used when submitting a message as Username [Guest]. One person is allowed to use only one username when posting to our forums or else s/he will be in violation of this terms of use.
berni23 Activity: 7 / 387
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27 Nov 2012  #3

But effectively there is no way to enforce this.
Even if a whole range of IPs is banned/monitored there are always proxies.
Vincent Activity: 9 / 809
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27 Nov 2012  #4

There are always proxies, but many posters have their own style of writing, and pretty soon this will be picked up. It is not much fun being on a forum if your posts are instantly binned and another ip is blocked. It is normally trolls who use proxies, decent members are contented with one user name.
Grzegorz_ Activity: 52 / 6,248
Joined: 16 Nov 2006 ♂
 
6 Feb 2013  #5

Merged: New policy regarding double accounts ?

Is there a new policy on that ? I think so, come on, everyone knows that Delphi is back :))
Ironside Activity: 42 / 7,691
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6 Feb 2013  #6

evidently they have no proof.
jon357 Activity: 55 / 10,766
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6 Feb 2013  #7

If they really banned double accounts, there'd only be half a dozen here.

Then again, Ironside, it could just be two posters here - you and one deeply disturbed individual.

Hahahahahahahahahahaha
Ironside Activity: 42 / 7,691
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6 Feb 2013  #8

Ah! Policy is not new. You can have multiple accounts.

Problem with smelly delph is that he has been suspended.

Then again, Ironside, it could just be two posters here - you and one deeply disturbed individual.

Come on jon I don't think that you are deeply disturbed, only some! :D
Grzegorz_ Activity: 52 / 6,248
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6 Feb 2013  #9

you and one deeply disturbed individual.

WOW ! You finally admitted that !

evidently they have no proof.

Yep. Hes also good at pretending to be someone else, he's not using DOTS !!!!11 Incredible.
jon357 Activity: 55 / 10,766
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6 Feb 2013  #10

Come on jon I don't think that you are deeply disturbed, only some! :D

I'm the sane face of the mystery poster. The crazy ones congregate in the race threads and the pottiest of all in this one.
Harry Activity: 67 / 12,898
Joined: 2 May 2007 ♂
 
29 Mar 2013  #11

Is there a new policy on that ? I think so, come on, everyone knows that Delphi is back :))

If there is such a policy, it certainly isn't new: Bzibzioh posted as Jadis for five months while banned as Bzibzioh.
p3undone Activity: 8 / 1,153
Joined: 12 Jan 2012 ♂
 
20 Sep 2013  #12

Merged: Multiple usernames - is this ok?

Some members have asked is it ok to use multiple usernames.So I have set up this thread to answer this question.It is ok to post under different usernames provided that you are not doing this to abuse people or to simply troll.If you start posting abusively,expect that you will be warned,and if you continue,suspended.I should also add that if a member continually abuses with the use of multiple usernames,then that member will not be permitted to post under different usernames in the future.
bluesfan Activity: - / 88
Joined: 20 Mar 2013 ♂
 
20 Sep 2013  #13

It is ok to post under different usernames

Really? The rules clearly state:
NOTE: It is possible for Admin and moderators to determine which username/s the poster has used when submitting a message as Username [Guest]. One person is allowed to use only one username when posting to our forums or else s/he will be in violation of this terms of use.

polishforums.com/rules-privacy-tos/

Are you talking about having multiple accounts or having one account and also posting under guest accounts?
p3undone Activity: 8 / 1,153
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20 Sep 2013  #14

You can only have one account. But you may post under guest names (as long as it's not an abusive or trollish post).
beckski Activity: 12 / 1,619
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20 Sep 2013  #15

Multiple usernames has been a problem since PF's creation. Seems like some members with split personalities like deciding, who they feel like portraying for the day!
bluesfan Activity: - / 88
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20 Sep 2013  #16

You can only have one account. But you may post under guest names (as long as it's not an abusive or trollish post

Why would any registered user post under a guest account other than to abuse or troll?

Personally I don't believe that Dont Gag Me Yo/MoOli should be allowed to use that nick just to troll another poster.

Also, when a user has his account suspended should he be allowed to continue posting as a guest user?
If not, why is this currently being tolerated?
p3undone Activity: 8 / 1,153
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20 Sep 2013  #17

bluesfan,do you see that member posting?
bluesfan Activity: - / 88
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20 Sep 2013  #18

Yes. He started a thread just 3-4 hours ago: https://polishforums.com/polonia-usa-canada-28/indian-origin-w oman-as-miss-america-never-polish-origin-68174/

And has been trolling under that guest nick whilst suspended.

This thread you created is about multiple usernames, which I pointed out isn't allowed according to the forum rules:

One person is allowed to use only one username when posting to our forums or else s/he will be in violation of this terms of use.

How about answering my questions:

P3, for how long are you going to allow your mate to use the nick 'Harrys moma' to troll a certain poster here?

Also, when a user has his account suspended should he be allowed to continue posting as a guest user?

p3undone Activity: 8 / 1,153
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20 Sep 2013  #19

One account,not more than one
Admin Activity: 32 / 1,495
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20 Sep 2013  #20

P3, for how long are you going to allow your mate to use the nick 'Harrys moma' to troll a certain poster here?

Have you reported these posts? The moron's IP was temporarily suspended. Or maybe by 'allow to post' you mean all posts should be pre-moderated and filtered before they go live.

Also, when a user has his account suspended should he be allowed to continue posting as a guest user?

It's not possible to tell who is behind an IP address. You're using multiple IPs - would it be enough reason to suspend your account because of that? Probably not.
bluesfan Activity: - / 88
Joined: 20 Mar 2013 ♂
 
20 Sep 2013  #21

Have you reported these posts?

Do I report each and every post made under that nick by that user? No.
Have I expressed my concerns about that user posting under that nick? Yes. See above and read chat more often ;)

The moron's IP was temporarily suspended.

Well that's good news. Unfortunately anyone can hide their IP address quite easily using a proxy server. However, his posts aren't all being binned nor is his account being suspended.

Also, I agree with you but should you be calling a registered user a 'moron'? ;)

Or maybe by 'allow to post' you mean all posts should be pre-moderated and filtered before they go live

No. By 'allow', I mean do nothing about it. Temporarily suspending that IP is a good start :)

You're using multiple IPs - would it be enough reason to suspend your account because of that? Probably not.

I'm either on my laptop or posting from my local public library. My IP address may change between the two (and the various library computers IP addresses) but I'm only posting from one account and have been ever since this account was created about 6 months ago :) :) :)

Thank you admin for your response. I believe my questions were fair and valid.
Thank you once again :)
Admin Activity: 32 / 1,495
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20 Sep 2013  #22

Do I report each and every post made under that nick by that user? No.

Unless reserved by a registered member, multiple people can use same username.

Have I expressed my concerns about that user posting under that nick? Yes. See above and read chat more often ;)

That nick posted both trollish and relevant posts. Just like most of us here.

Unfortunately anyone can hide their IP address quite easily using a proxy server.

So.. what's the solution? Close the Internet?

Temporarily suspended that IP is a good start :)

What about the 'anyone can hide their IP address quite easily' part? In general, while a troll may be annoying to some people, they can be eliminated if need be. You may judge posters by their username, not by the content of their posts. Even trolls may post something interesting and useful from time to time.
jon357 Activity: 55 / 10,766
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20 Sep 2013  #24

Probably my fault - I'd made 2 joke posts under an amusing pseudonim. P3's from across the pond so wouldn't have picked up the cultural reference from the name.

Not something I do often, but seemed funny at the time.
Harry Activity: 67 / 12,898
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20 Sep 2013  #25

Would it be OK for me to post under an unregistered account named 'failed shopkeeper'? How about 'D**p*k's bankruptcy trustee'? Maybe 'Warsaw P*Ki'? I don't intend to post under any of those but am wondering if it's ok for me to troll as well as get trolled.

One other thing, since when has it been OK to get banned under one username and then come back under a different name while banned?

Jon, what was it you once said about posting while under the influence?!
bluesfan Activity: - / 88
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20 Sep 2013  #26

Good questions, Harry :P
Vincent Activity: 9 / 809
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20 Sep 2013  #27

and the various library computers IP addresses)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if the library's computers are connect to a router, instead of having multiple ISP's, then every computer connected to the router would have the same IP. I should think it would be wasted money, not having them connected to a router.
bluesfan Activity: - / 88
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20 Sep 2013  #28

Correct me if I'm wrong

I have no idea mate. You're probably right. I'll have to check that now :P
Either way, it does explain why my IP changes. Well, that and I have a dynamic rather than a static IP, so it sometimes changes if it's turned off for more than say 8hours ;)
Vincent Activity: 9 / 809
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20 Sep 2013  #29

Some members won't have this problem as they seem to be on here 24/7 :) You are correct. the IP could change if if turned off for a period of time, but of course the ISP wouldn't change as well ;)
jon357 Activity: 55 / 10,766
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20 Sep 2013  #30

I think the IP where I am changes through the day anyway. Certainly at home I can only look at 20 pages of the Telegraph each month before a pay wall comes but here it makes no difference how many.



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