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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Would it be possible to add the following, to the forum rules?
Each user is only allowed to have one user account.

When a person has more that one user account, it creates confusion, when gettting to know that person. Normally, this would be something I would ingnore, but when it comes to users that I would like to avoid, and then they change their user name and start another conversation....

Example
Afrodiziac
This guy has been such a hot head, when he was Konvict and Ron25.
Surely, we should have the choice of avoiding certain members. It is next to impossible to have this choice, if they have more than one account.

Mel

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y

I'm not sure that would work because you can change your user name in the control panel. Users don't have to have multiple accounts, they can just change their user names when they want to...

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

That is not so bad, Angela, because we can still see who they are, by looking in their profile, and the new user name would appear on all the posts that they ever made. The problem happens, when somebody behaves abusively. They abuse someone, or some people. Then they get a new account, and start the same abuse again. Then the same argument happens again and again on TP, because those involved cannot see that the person they thought it wise to avoid, is now in contact with them again, and they do not realise it, because the person has a new account. This looks like the first aggrivation, from the person with the new account, but it looks like the other/s involved go around arguing and bickering like this with several individuals.

Shouldnt Afrodiziac use the first account he created, in which his user name is Konvict? Then we will all know who it is, when he posts. I dont think he should have 2 other active accounts.

[ Edit: Edited on May 20, 2007, at 6:44 AM by Mel. ]

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

In reality, having such a rule would not stop anyone from creating a new account. It would only tell them they would be subject to inactivation if they proceeded to create a new identity. Admin and Mods not only try to recognise alternate identities and report them, but they also rely on members to bring such information to their attention for further action. It is not required of members but there are many who are very good at spotting imposters and contacting the appropriate people. Sadly, others don't notify Admin/Mods and proceed to bring the suspicion to the forums for public display. Quite often the suspicion is incorrect.

If you read the Terms and Conditions, there are two places where this could be considered covered material.

1)3.1 When you register for this Website, you agree to submit only honest, true, accurate, complete and current information about yourself, including your correct name, (email) address or any other details that are requested of you by Travellerspoint.
(Section 3 - Registration & Responsibilities)

2) *impersonate, or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with, any other person or entity
(Section 5 - User Conduct)

If you believe that someone is misrepresenting themselves, it is more effective to follow the chain of command and bring your concerns to Mods/Admin.

If there is a member that others do not wish to interact with, it's very simple to not post to them. There are many other threads to read and places to post. Ignoring the "offending" member gives them no reason to stick around and continue being an irritant.

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

As Isadora mentions, this is already covered in the terms and conditions for signing up. These are for the whole site and not just a basic/simple guideline like the forum rules are (effectively the forum rules just put in simple talk what is already mentioned in the terms).

This is something we want to discourage on a site wide level, not just for the forums.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks for the info;)

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Guys

Afrodiziac/Ron25/Konvict has started his usual again.
Please look at the following thread. This is exactly the same argument he starts, everytime. Personally, I think he should be banned, but that would probably be impossible, because he does not seem to have all his accounts, at the same IP address.

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=38834&start=21#Post21

[ Edit: Edited on May 21, 2007, at 6:23 AM by Mel. ]

8. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Guys

Afrodiziac/Ron25/Konvict has started his usual again.
Please look at the following thread. This is exactly the same argument he starts, everytime. Personally, I think he should be banned, but that would probably be impossible, because he does not seem to have all his accounts, at the same IP address.

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=38834&start=21#Post21

Mel,

Isadora has already mentioned in her post. Follow the chain of command and bring your concerns to moderators or admins. However sure you are of his misdeeds, there is no need to bring this to the public forums. Just alert any moderator, and the admins will decide whether he really is impersonating, having the same IP address, and if he should be banned.

Thank you.

[ Edit: Edited on May 21, 2007, at 8:24 AM by Hien ]

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Hien

Isadora has already mentioned in her post. Follow the chain of command and bring your concerns to moderators or admins.

Hien
The one and only time, I PMed u, with a concern I had, about something happening, on the Asia forum, u did not reply. I follow the chain, that is currently effective, at any particular time. And I also try to follow the chain, that currently has people who I find easy/easier to get along with, while they are easy/easier to get along with.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on May 21, 2007, at 8:48 AM by Mel. ]

10. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Quoting Hien

Isadora has already mentioned in her post. Follow the chain of command and bring your concerns to moderators or admins.

Hien
The one and only time, I PMed u, with a concern I had, about something happening, on the Asia forum, u did not reply. I follow the chain, that is currently effective, at any particular time. And I also try to follow the chain, that currently has people who I find easy/easier to get along with, while they are easy/easier to get along with.

Mel

Yes, I received the one and only PM from you on 5 March 2007. It was about a spammer by the username aaa1. It had been taken care of, hadn't it? There are so many spams nowadays that I no longer always reply to PM alerting me of spams. Remember, I'm not the only mod here and we don't work 24-hour shift here moderating. So your alert could had been acted upon by another moderator, which made no point for me to reply. Anyway, I'll make sure I reply with a thank you if I ever receive any alert PM from you again.

You did well in the past following the chain of command. Just do the same thing again. And you're always free to choose whomever you thought you'd get along with in the chain of command.