Yea, I sorta posted a kitten getting its head smashed in with a hammer, a mouse being put in a blender, a pig getting its head chainsawed off (and the events that followed), and a dog getting hanged. The fact that they were animated probably did it for me. The images didn’t violate any listed rules, and the board was meant for dumping spam and crap, but bah.
Anybody who’s determined enough can find ways to get a new account, whether banned by username or IP address, but we always re-ban them as soon as we figure out who they are, and generally they lose interest after a while.
Anyway, bans are always preceded by warnings and temporary bans, so if you want to clean up your act you have plenty of warning. If you try to come back without changing your behavior, it’s only a matter of time before you get banned again.
I posted a dead giraffe once and all they did was delete my post. Incidentally, a user posting a link to a video on youtube of a guy getting hit in the head by the wing of an airplane in the same thread was just fine.
Isn’t the IP ban unfair? It is maybe efficient, but if there are other people who own an account and who use the same computer (family members for example), they are also punished even if they haven’t done anything bad.
If you ban by an IP, they can just use a proxy and get access via that means. You’d be better off creating a system that sandboxes the user account and makes it appear they can still write posts/threads but only they can see it Thats what i’m doing for my websites.
They can post to other threads, no one will see it, no one will reply to them they will get bored and leave, or continue to spam in the case of bots and they wont get anywhere.
Better than a ban, user signs back up and spams / pisses people off more.