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    getting rid of unwanted users...

    i recently banned one of my registered users, the reason for it was that he violated my site's rules - in his posts he sweared a lot - (I reminded him before, but he did it again) i don't like such situations but sometimes you have to get rid of such people, they usually spread bad atmosphere around, and if you let them violate your rules, all of your work may just get trashed...
    on the other side i wonder if such ex-users can do much harm to your website...


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    If he knows what he has done wrong and continues to violate your rules, ban him as you feel appropriate. Sending him a letter letting him know is up to you. Then just ban him - what could he do? Don't worry about it.

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    He can always sign on again under an assumed/other name. You can ban him again but he can keep trying.

    Also, he can bad mouth you and your site to the world. Maybe slanderous but unless you want to take legal acation that's the risk of doing business. The net just makes it somewhat easier.
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    Ban his IP not his username.
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    ehm...well, if he has a static IP. but f he has a dynamic one that will be worth.
    you can try with his username, with his IP, or by writing a cookie in his browser, but it is so simple of getting rid of those ban systems. Is there any other way to ba a user?

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    An interesting solution would be some solution that made sure that he, and only he, could see his own posts. Other people would not see them at all. This way, it would take some time for him to figure it out.
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    I like that a lot, truelight!

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    Just make sure you make it very secret, and deny all existance of such as script, if asked about it.
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    I used to work for a company who did something like that - they called it a bozo flag. It was designed for those morons who have nothing better to do than be troublemakers.

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    Bozo flag! I love that!

    If I ever "get my stuff together" I will make that a hack on vBulletin and release it.
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    I remember reading something Phillip Greenspun wrote about the bb at the photo.net web site (this is going back several years). Anyway, he had one such problematic member, so when that member logged in he would serve them a spoofed server error like "Too many connections", or "Server error" etc.

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    thanx

    if there is a new moron on my site i'll surele use truelight's proposal.

    i love that idea
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    ... yes, but I find the idea Sid brought up very interesting. They could, in fact, be combined!

    I suggest that the script should, in addition to setting the bozo flag, also send a spoofed "too many connections" error about every 5:th request, and a 404 error every tenth.

    This way, it would increase the time before the bozo suspects that something is "wrong" and thus increasing the chance that he becomes bored, and leaves your board forever.

    Man, I'm GOING to make this a hack - it's just too cool!
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    Or if it's a link, you could toy with them and always display an "invalid thread" page. Then when they contact you about it, say that it must be their computer because you and other members can get to everything fine and there's been no complaints.

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    how about using some javascript and showing some error that the windows you are using is corrupted and needs to be rebooted before you can see this page..

    this way he can get mad rebooting him system..
    also, I remember when I was an ex-hacker, I had a link code which on clicking gives that blue screen error and that can't be get rid of without rebooting.. That would be fun as well as irritating too..

    Some link like

    Click here to continue and when some one clicks it gives them error.

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    Exactly how would I implement such features? I use a phpBB, and as with any forum, I have had users that have been major problems, so I ban the username and their IP. But they have a different IP - every - time, so it doesn't even matter.

    Maybe someone could PM me. Thanks.

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    err....well...you need to know how to write php in order to hack your board that way.

    ban him through cookies, ip address and username. You cannot do more than that.


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