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    Logging Votes by IP & AOL Issues??

    Hello,

    I have a voting booth on one of my websites as a contest. I have cookies set so when you vote, you shouldn't be able to vote again for a week.

    Ok, people like to turn off cookies and vote and vote.

    so, I set it up to check IP address, then made a log to track who was voted for, date, time, IP and IP information. Well, since AOL likes to constantly changing IP address (I think, need back up on that), It still lets people on AOL vote over and over ... look at this:

    #1|29-12-02 17:40|172.137.254.160|AC89FEA0.ipt.aol.com
    #1|29-12-02 17:42|172.137.239.177|AC89EFB1.ipt.aol.com
    #1|29-12-02 17:44|172.133.125.147|AC857D93.ipt.aol.com

    Is this AOL changing IP address? I get like 30 of these in a row with like very slight change in IP address.

    If so, how can I keep this from happening? Any insight?

    Oh, I program in PHP is why I am posting here .. not sure if this would fit better in another catagory.
    Is this normal??? --

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    i am not really a guru on AOL,

    but as far as i am aware the only way to change your IP is...

    A) Re-connect
    B) Use proxys

    but if this is the case i cant see how you could stop this,
    unless you have to register to vote then you could track using UserID

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    I know when I have tried to check my web email from an AOL browser, I would get an error message everytime I would try to choose an email that says "your IP address has changed. Please log back in" .. or something to that effect ..

    I thought about doing a registration, but that is just too much trouble.
    Is this normal??? --

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    i know that it is true that aol changes IP addresses of people all the time while they are browsing, how you stop this is beyond me though
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    I thought about doing a registration, but that is just too much trouble.
    To much for you or to much for the users???

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    FOR ME!! (and the users)

    Not really too much trouble, but not worth the time, at least right now.

    But, the wheels are turning now and might eventually be a good thing to make them register .... mmmmmm

    But, my main issue right now is to feel confident that someone is cheating the voting, and may actually disqualify this person. It is odd to get 30 votes in less than an hour on an AOL ip for one person .. then other votes scattered .. then happen again later ...

    I knew there was I reason I don't like AOL ..
    Is this normal??? --

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    I have to agree with you on that
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