Requiring IP authetication instead of email.

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You guys shouldn't limit screennames to email addresses. You should limit it to IP addresses. There are an awful lot of trolls on these boards. They make it difficult to have a decent discussion sometimes. Going by IP address would eliminate a lot of fake accounts, but also get the lurkers to post without fear of being trashed by a troll.
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Help me out ;-) ... maybe I don't understand how your scheme would work. Would a "static" IP be required?

My ISP gives me a "dynamic" external IP address. My external IP address may change when my router/modem gets power-cycled or reset.

Since I'm not willing to pay my ISP an extra charge to get a static IP, I can't participate in any system that would require me to keep a static IP.
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MAC filtering instead of IP auth. would do the trick. But in either case it would prevent legit users who are sharing their internet access with the troll (at home, internet cafés, free wifi spots, etc.) to log in...
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In theory filtering each devices unique MAC ID could work, but the implementation could get very complicated. If a user wanted to use multiple devices, they would have to authenticate each device. Likewise, if a group of people, such as members of a family, used the same device to access IMDb but with different accounts, they would have to register the MAC ID multiple times.

Even if MAC filtering were to be implemented, it would not be a panacea. Much like IP addresses, MAC IDs can also be spoofed.
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It's usually done the other way around. You don't have to validate each legit MAC ID in the forums. Site admins would just ban MACs used for trolling.

And regarding fake MACs, yeah, it can be done, but not by everybody. So a great deal of those trolls would find themselves out of the forums and not knowing how to log in again.
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but what about a troll who knows this is happening, and uses a internet cafe or a public library to log in. If you block those, you are locking out many innocent people for one person's action.
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By the way, the OP ignores the fact that the IMDb message boards don't just require you to verify an email address, but also to authenticate via text message or credit card.
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Why post that here??? It was answered. Someone recommended you submit your info again adding data verification on the data verification form (not posting it on a message board). Data must be sent on the appropriate forms to be considered.
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How do we do that? Where?
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Joe

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IMDb update receipt #130714-065926-980000
IMDb update receipt #130714-070140-660000
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Joe

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still no up date
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Can you please keep that problem on the other thread, as it is off topic here and you won't get it addressed any quicker by doing this. Although you might get these posts deleted.

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