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Re: Gentoo's response on them blocking access to their forums via Tor

One other way to deal with "antagonizers" is to make users pay money
to activate an account.

Something Awful
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Something_Awful_Forums#Punishment) is
one example of how this method is used to curb unwanted posting: when
somebody is banned, they have to pay to reactivate their account or
pay to create a new account. In this way users actions are directly
linked to their finances.

On 8/8/05, Chris Palmer <chris@xxxxxxx> wrote:
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> Sean wrote:
> > But, I see no way for a website operator to ban folks using TOR from
> > posting, but allow browsing...
> First, Apache is incredibly configurable. Second, you could put the
> banning logic in the program that accepts posts, and leave it out of the
> program that assembles pages for reading.
> > As the website operator faced with anonymous antagonizers...Would you
> > force posters to authenticate from a particular IP address(an
> > unworkable solution, if you want increased participation...)? Or are
> > you suggesting that Gentoo implement only user bans instead of IP
> > bans?
> IP addresses are not identifiers for people. Web applications should use
> a real authentication scheme.
> And you don't necessarily need to ban people to effectively keep the
> forum clean. Advogato's color scheme and Slashdot's default score (0 for
> anonymous poster, 1 for authenticated poster) work well for helping
> readers sort through the noise.
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