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Re: How to prevent impersonation of other users

by CountZero (Bishop)
on Oct 27, 2004 at 20:38 UTC ( #403143=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to How to prevent impersonation of other users

I put my trust in the gods taking care of the few and far between aberrations.

CountZero

"If you have four groups working on a compiler, you'll get a 4-pass compiler." - Conway's Law


Comment on Re: How to prevent impersonation of other users
Re^2: How to prevent impersonation of other users
by bart (Canon) on Oct 27, 2004 at 21:51 UTC
    Actually, me too.

    If there's any technical assistance I'd like to see implemented, is a tool that could warn the responsible clan that something suspicious is going on. An extra pair of eyes, so to speak, be it of a technical nature. Perhaps, the approval of the wanted username could be put on hold, until it got approved by the clan. Maybe it could be approved temporarily, and be renamed in case of objections.

    It's not just (possibly vicious) willful impersonation, as was the case of Wassercrat (vs. Wassercrats), but also people that request several similar names, in order to correct a typo. Just check out the list for that new fairly new user: Iam2told4this, Iam2old4this, and 2old4this.

    And then there's numerous examples of people who have a name very much like the real Anonymous Monk: Anonvmous Monk, Anomynous Monk, Anonyrnous Monk, Anonamous Monk, Anønymous Monk, An Anonymous Monk, to take just the most striking ones.

    Now the latter can be seen as a joke, and doesn't actually hurt anyone. The case for Wassercrat and possibly im2. and bart., is different, IMO.

      Thanks for the vote of confidence; if someone hadn't taken my votes away, I'd ++ you.

        Quiet troublemaker! Back to your cave!

      Hey, while we're thinking name revisions, how about we rename "Anonymous Monk" to the shorter and more accurate 'ANonMonk'. (As in "real monks register and participate")

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