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I am sure you all know that there is no complete way to ban a member, however, I would like to put forward the suggestion to ban a member with a cookie.

This is capable on PHPBB and I think it is a very useful way to ban, because....

When a member account is banned, they get the standard "you do not have permission to view this board" message.
Now surely they just click "log out" and re-register? Well that was fixed with the devious "This menu has been disabled". So they're stuffed?

Right?

Wrong.

All you do is point your browser to the log out path and viola, you're a guest.

Well, my suggestion is when they get the banned message a cookie sets so they can't log out. Sure, they can clear their cookies or use a different computer, but it should stop some of the spammers filtering through.

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If you have spammer at that level, you should just block their access to your website.


That's my point. There is no way to do that.

That is a good idea, however, it becomes a problem if there's two users who share a computer.


The same problem lies with an IP ban.
That is why on my site if two members use the same computer I make it very clear they should inform the staff so that we don't end up banning them both should one of them get out of hand.
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