It’s a perfect addon. It would be even better if it had a time limit for ip detection. If its an old forum you will need a time limit function not to match an ip 10 years old post. But other detection method works perfectly.
Works as described. Finds duplicate/multiple accounts of users and aggregates all of them in one easy to use and figure out table. absolute no-brainer purchase.
was a bit fiddly to work with in the initial release, but is way better now, especially after adding a search function and extra features, and changing the display layout (it can now work perfectly well for big communities as well).
PERFECT for small-medium or young communities with a fairly small amount of possible duplicates or not very many members. larger/older (I'd say ~100K/10yr +) communities with can have a slight overload of information displayed or need a few minutes of digging around to figure out what's what.
The developer is super responsive and always answers PMs (even if the answer is 'no', which is commendable) and constantly works to add features and iron out issues.
This is an excellent little application – and extremely useful if you have a controversial forum with persistent troublemakers – and unfortunately some of us do.
It is very time-consuming to deal with people who just come in for the hell of it and as soon as they are placed on moderation or even banned, they simply register a clone and come in again – and again.
For a busy forum with a small volunteer site team, it's extremely time-consuming to have to deal with these people.
There was a similar modification available for vBulletin – called "Coventry" – where believe it or not, a troublesome person was sent to Coventry.
This application does exactly the same thing. It's very early days so it still being refined but it installs extremely easily. The placing of individuals on the global ignore list can only be done by administrators who have access to the admin CP – so it is less likely to be abused. However, the moderating team – people who have access to the mod CP can see who is on the global ignore list.
This is not something that I relish using – and when we were on the vBulletin platform it was used very rarely but it contributed to the peaceful running of the forum which of course was not only in the interests of the site team but also in the interests of the people who genuinely came along and needed help or wanted to contribute.
At the moment, you have to place a members ID number into the global ignore list in the admin CP. I believe that a forthcoming feature will make it easier as you will simply need to place the user ID into the list for it to work.
Also, I believe that in a forthcoming version there is likely to be an indication on a globally ignored users post that they are being globally ignored. Of course this would only be visible to site team and administrators.
At the moment, those who feature on the global ignore list are also included in the table of who ignores who – which is an application developed by the same developer. I have suggested that the the global ignore list should be a separate table in the mod CP. This makes sense to me.
It's quite extraordinary that almost everyone who is placed on a global ignore list never realises it themselves. They carry on making their provocative posts and it never occurs to them why no one has risen to their provocation or tried to bite back. On the rare occasions that we used in vBulletin, we had three or four people who were on the global ignore list for months and never realised it – until eventually they got bored and went away. In fact I came to admire their persistence in making posts without receiving any kind of response.
People who are globally ignored are visible to anyone who is not logged on. This means that if the person is globally ignored has suspicions and they decide to log off, they will still see their name and their posts. They will only realise what has happened if they register as a clone and they will then find that they are unable to see their names or their posts. In my experience this has never happened.
It is very important to emphasise that this is a pretty harsh way of dealing with people but it is not intended as a punishment. It is intended to ensure the smooth running of the forum, it is there for the benefit of the great majority of people who simply want to come in and enjoy the forum resources.
This application is simply installed "in the public interest" and it is characterised by being particularly non-conflict oriented.