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If you admins aren't going to be here, Moderators should have the power to block an IP. Twice in the space of an hour this morning, we had two distinct serial abusers of Math chat who deserve to be put out of business.

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That happens a lot James, the problem needs to be fixed. I'm with you on this one.
Also, it would help avoid serious spammers if there was a rule such as: * Minimum 5 second gap between chat posts
Yup, I suggested that as well. Seemed like no one agreed with it. :-(

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I say we get rid of mods and admin. :3
and invite chaos ? O.o
yeah.. it seems as if kids can just make new accounts.... I thought ips were banned when suspended...
i agree with this
Well there needs to be rules clearly posted and what happens when you break them. Plus there should a system in place where can't keep signing for new accounts, I agree with you as well..
I VOTE YES.
I thought you guys could already do that :O. Sounds like a good idea +1.
I am in agreement as well. My take was too at least not allow people to use chat for 5 minutes on a new account. Maybe combine that with James' idea of forcing a 5sec delay between posts and maybe IP bans won't be necessary.
Agree with IP bans for mods. I went through 60 rounds of suspend/new account with one troll - wasted two hours of my life on someone who didn't deserve them. Are you sure about 5 min chat delay for new account? The workaround from a troll's perspective is "Well I can't post in the chat so I'll post in the threads." Which is worse in that it interferes with the intellectual rather than social side of the site. Possibility of instituting a hellban or slowban? That way the troll doesn't know they are suspended and just goes on shouting at empty cyberspace, bothering no one?
Multiple users can use the same IP. Which is the case with me logging in from the public library or from the college library. IP banning would then shutdown more than just the offending user. I agree something better has to be implemented in those cases, but I just do not have a viable solution. One thing that pops to mind is maybe "closing" the gate on a suspended IP address so that no new accounts can be created from it for a limited time; like an hour or so. This would allow the other user accounts of the IP to operate normally while stemming the tide of the abusers.
Im not sure how logistical it would be to circumvent proxy IPs tho.

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