fluffy_mod (fluffy_mod) wrote in suggestions,

Post IP logging for community moderators

Post IP logging for community moderators

Short, concise description of the idea
Give moderators the ability to see the IP address a post came from.

Full description of the idea
Individuals can currently log the IP addresses of people commenting to their posts. I would like community owners / maintainers to have the equivalent facility of being able to see the IP addresses of people posting to their community.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Makes control of posting to communities consistent with posting comments to journals.
  • Makes it easier to tell if people are using sock puppets or posting using anonymisers so we can't tell they are sock puppets, thus reducing possible harassment, trolling and sock-puppetry caused drama.
  • Makes it easier to enforce bans of people who are breaking community rules without strictly breaking LJ's Term's of Use (for example, people who are posting innocuous things but who, having been banned under another account, are breaking community rules simply by posting, ie, moderating the posting queue wouldn't help)
  • Means I can tell where I posted from and satisfies my random curiosity. (Okay, this one probably only benefits me. XD)

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Uninformed people will assume everyone posting from an IP address must be the same person -- which, e.g., if you were posting from a .edu address is likely untrue -- and cause drama.
  • People will complain about privacy violation and cause drama.
  • Difficulty in how to warn people their IP might be logged (as with comments notice)

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • ? Add warning screen, "ip may be logged" between attempt to post and actual post ?
  • Record IP address on post.
  • Display (from IP address) after date in posts as in comments, visible only to logged in community maintainers.
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