Create a membership fee to use the message boards

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IMDB is infested with trolls using dozens of different accounts to circumvent bans. To help reduce this problem I would like to suggest a single one-off membership fee of around 5 or 10 dollars to create a user account.
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Considering how much effort some of these people put into trolling, I doubt it would stop them. However it would discourage a lot of regular users from using the site and greatly decrease traffic.
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Considering how much effort some of these people put into trolling, I doubt it would stop them.

Think of it like putting a lock on the wheel of your car. If the thief has a specific vendetta against you he will try and steal the car regardless, but in the case of a more casual thief the sight of the lock will make him look for a different car which is easier to steal. Likewise if a persistent troll creates 50 accounts within the space of a year that's costing them about $250. At some point he's going to get put off and look for easier pickings elsewhere.

However it would discourage a lot of regular users from using the site

If you already have an account you wouldn't pay anything. As to new users IMdb message boards is possibly the biggest most active online forums for tv&movies that caters for pretty much every genre and interest you might think of. As such $5 for a lifetime membership is not really that big a thing. In fact it could even increase the membership as fewer trolls will make the boards are more pleasant place for people to be thus encouraging more new people to join it and fewer old people to leave it.

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