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RE: Re: Quick and easy way to prevent multiple votes?

by merlyn (Sage)
on Jun 08, 2000 at 04:54 UTC ( [id://16998] : note . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Quick and easy way to prevent multiple votes?
in thread Quick and easy way to prevent multiple votes?

Argh! Not the "IP for unique votes" cargo-cult junk again! How many times do we need to go through this?

Repeat after me:

  • An IP address is not a user
  • An IP address is not a user
  • An IP address is not a user
Trivial counter-examples:
  1. AOL.com's proxy, where every hit comes from a different address, even within the same session
  2. Dialup sessions (including most cable modems) where every session is a different IP
  3. Proxy servers for nearly all of the corporate access
Please don't make me have to repeat this stuff Yet Another Time.

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

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RE: RE: Re: Quick and easy way to prevent multiple votes?
by PipTigger (Hermit) on Jun 08, 2000 at 05:54 UTC
    Please be nice. Many people have never had to consider this problem before and therefore would have no way of knowing these things. Maybe it's YetAnotherTime for you but that's what cooperative forums for a community of any sort have to deal in 99% of the time. That's what FAQ's are all about and why it's great to reference them for answers. Thanks very much. TTFN & Shalom.

    -PipTigger
      Good comment, PipTigger.

      Perl Monks is a community, with a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience. Though it is easy to forget how little we each knew when we were just starting to program (and/or starting CGI/internet programming), no one has the right to be abusive or even just brusque -- no matter how obvious one may think the answer is.

      In merlyn's defense, I think he was simply trying to be certain he made the point, and was not trying to be rude. Less rhetoric and force next time, Randal. Please. If you tire of having "to repeat this stuff Yet Another Time," let those of us with a little compassion handle it <nobr>so you don't have to... ;-)</nobr>

      Apterigo just created the Perl Monks user account a few weeks ago. Let's not run off new users as punishment for trying to contribute to our community.

      Russ

        While I agree with your comments and general sentiment, I find your defense of merlyn not very defensive at all. To say that he lacks compassion is just flat out wrong. All one has to do is look at (a) the ongoing legacy of his contributions to the Perl community, and (b) his own words.

        Yes, style counts. Please be more kind with your own words.

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