Short, concise description of the idea
A simple way to block spam or internet attackers who use the Anonymous feature, without having to block all Anonymous posting.
Full description of the idea
Instead of having a user block all Anonymous posts or having the user delete each spam or trolling post, create an option to block the offending IP.
- I have gotten spam three times from the same place. Annoying. Almost makes me want to turn off Anonymous posting. Yet when I post art to sites, I want people who do not have livejournal accounts to be able to comment.
- Some jerk from my former place of employment is making wise comments in my journal. Almost makes me want to turn off Anonymous posting. Yet, I have friends and family that do not have livejournal accounts that read my journal.
- By implementing a Block IP option, this will create a way to weed out the spam or negative Anonymous posting that is in the hands of the users.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
- Very little problems could arise. Block IP should be used for Anonymous posting only. People who have livejournals from that IP do not need to be blocked since they have a livejournal account. Users can already ban another user by using Admin Console settings.
- It may block other people from that use the same IP that are not spamming or posting negative comments, however this would be in the hands of each LJ user. This would not cause a system wide block, but just a per journal basis.
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
- I am not a techie, so I do not know HOW to do it, only the way it should come out in the end.
- A unwanted Anonymous post is made. When a user hits the delete the window already comes up that comes up already says, "mark as spam", "delete thread" and "delete" and "cancel". In my proposed idea, we add a box to check under "delete thread" that says "Block IP".
- A new window comes up and says, "Are you sure you want to Block IP? This will block all users from this address. (This can be changed later in your 'Comment Settings') with a "Yes" and "No" button to reply.
- Add a new window in Manage Comment Settings (or maybe Admin Console) with a list of blocked IP address. If a user wants to add or delete the address in the list, the options will be given.
- Then when a person whom is using the blocked IP tries to make reply in said journal, a dialog box appears saying. "This user has blocked Anonymous replies from your IP address. Please log in (or sign-up for an account) to make a post."