I see so many people just staying anonymous for even non controversial opinions or questions so I am wondering is there some kind of reason? What's the point of being anonymous when no one knows who you are on this site anyways?
Would like some insight, thanks :).
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I noticed yr post about IP blocking on another thread. I just wanted to correct some misconceptions there -- because there are, indeed, potentially major problems with IP address blocking.
Both kinds of problems, actually:
The IP block might not actually be able to block the person you want to block,
The IP block might potentially block LOTS of *other* (innocent) people.
Some specific examples of issues:
Lots of people use this site from phones.
If anyone uses the site from a phone whose network assigns dynamic IP addresses, IP blocking can't stop them (problem type #1 above).
Also, some wireless networks assign fixed IP addresses to specific cell towers -- meaning, blocking that IP address would prevent anyone connected to that particular cell tower from using the site (problem type #2).
Every Wi-Fi hotspot has a different public IP address. This creates both problems #1 and #2 -- you can probably see why.
Lots of large networks assign the same public IP address to *huge* numbers of devices connected to the same LAN or Wi-Fi network.
For instance, all the networked devices in an entire large university dorm -- or even ALL the networked devices at AN ENTIRE UNIVERSITY (depending on when the school's block (s) of IP addresses were assigned) -- might actually show the same public IP address.
In fact, this is going to sound like I'm bullshitting, but there have even been instances in which entire COUNTRIES have connected to the internet with the same public IP address.
For instance, in 2007 the entire nation of Qatar was banned from posting on Wikipedia for a day or so, because THE WHOLE COUNTRY HAD A SINGLE PUBLIC IP ADDRESS... which happened to be exceeding the number of edits that Wikipedia used as the cutoff for "vandalism".
I shit you not:
I don't think it's quite so stark anymore... but, consider that single-IP bans have literally shut out entire countries before, and you'll see that that solution is FAR from perfect.4
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