Outright banning aside, what other strategies can be useful when handling annoying posters? I am wondering if there is a way to slow down access to his IPs via .htaccess.
3:06 pm on Oct 24, 2010 (gmt 0)
There is mods for making the site appear to be working badly like really slow page loads for most forum software.
If they are absolutely persistent there is not much you can do. The best suggestion I've come across is to modify the software so any post they make is only viewable to them or moderators.
Your other members will never see them and hopefully the poster doesn't catch on, as long as they aren't getting any attention which is what most of them are seeking they will go bother someone else eventually.
[edited by: thecoalman at 3:12 pm (utc) on Oct 24, 2010]
3:08 pm on Oct 24, 2010 (gmt 0)
Good advice. We built this into our site. It seems to work. They may not leave, but at least no one else is bothered by them.
3:19 am on Oct 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
The user's posting might be in violation of his ISP's Terms Of Service. Sharing some of the user's 'best works' with his ISP might get him some extra admiration from his ISP.
Post in the forum that you consider this user in violation of YOUR forum rules. Post in the forum that you're contemplating Sharing some of his 'best works' with his ISP.
This may be enough to dissuade him.
4:03 am on Oct 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
Hoople, a violation of terms would be straightforward... I was asking here because some cases are borderline. Can't be considered spam, poster does not violate any rule, yet manages to annoy many members with his trolling. But it is masqueraded enough that it falls in a gray area.
This forum script is old and has none of the more advanced features described by all of you. I would actually hate to make someone "invisible" as thecoalman and maximillianos suggested but this gave me another idea. Perhaps just altering the alerts sent after he posts will suffice. Cutting that line will kill a lot of the noise and stop bringing in other members to confront him. So not invisible, but close.
9:48 am on Oct 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
Perhaps just altering the alerts sent after he posts will suffice. Cutting that line will kill a lot of the noise and stop bringing in other members to confront him. So not invisible, but close.
That's actually pretty brilliant. I'm going to suggest that in a couple of places right now. =)