Sorry didn’t really know where else to ask this but know with the BeatBattles here and a few other competitions runs by you guys you may be able to help.
Basically I am involved with a competition on another board (and the lead up to that descended into the worst bikering/banter I’ve seen in ages!) and the board is well known for members having many troll accounts and allows it as part of its nature. Thing this makes it hard to have a fair vote done by poll on the forum.
So what I wondered if any of you have code that could be used to allow voting but only one vote per IP (with maybe the allowance of exception to a certain number if people can prove there are housemates who want to vote and would share IP, but not so important.)
Sure I can find webspace for it. In fact already had a couple of offers and the forum host would probably also be willing. Just have no idea how one would go about coding it. Current plan is to have all tracks uploaded to Virb and then linked to a forum thread with a poll. As explained I can see that being cheated.
imo, the only thing that would work is to only accept votes with accounts with atleast a couple of hundred posts. trolls usually can’t be bothered with posting all that much from different accounts.
if it’s possible to keep it open so that everyone can inspect who voted for what then i suspect that people do have a good idea of which ones are troll accounts. the chance that some troll have more than 1 troll accounts that have a lot of real posts should be pretty small in my experience.
HTTP is a stateless protocol. Logins and sessions are handled through session variables and cookies. As cookies can be deleted and IP-adresses can be renewed all the time, there doesn’t seem to be a 100% accurate vote.
Here in my home, we have 3 and more PCs behind a router. Every PC has the same IP in the “www”. So IP-based votes are out, too.
I dunno how it is in other countries but at least with my provider I get a new IP-adress every 24hours. And I am paranoid, I delete cookies everytime I reboot. (At least with windows)
I’m on a site that wants your realname when you sign up and if no one knows you + you use a pseudo-name while being mean and nasty or simply a dick. You just get pummeled every time you are around with nonsensical replies to all of your posts. It has a way of really messing with someone’s day. Then everyone bans together like privateeyes on energy drinks and does amazing stuff.
a similar ethic toward reality on the net might work.
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