ip's are nothing , the only way someone can attack your puter with your ip adress , is if you already have a worm , or blackdoor instaled on your lap or desktop computer. aslo u need to have specifics ports open to let someone get in your system
thers no risk if ppl can see your ip, almost all sites save your ip using cookies, to make stadistics .
Now sounds good in site incentive to make higher quality posts, but as u can see and what we learn here is that more than 90% of users dont have the commitment and control to respect the forum.
No, u can not remove that stadistic, is a way to control overposting , and as hybrid said are ppl who really earn that number of posts, wit useful and epic topics, that realy help to improve the forum or game.
Now i think its a need to all users begin wit all permissions blocked, only reply allowed, make own topics should be earned by merits,edit and delete your own topics need to be earned as well , and after u earn the right to make your owns topics.
Post media should be a really special earned permission.
also as admins can give permission they should remove those if user being a problem.
we need control and we need ppl have to earn the stuffs on forum, cus is the only way they will appreciate these privileges.
I'm somewhat in agreement with you on this one, Troll.
The problem with internet forums, especially those game-related, is that there is some inherent draw to trash talk or belittle one another. I don't know if any of you have stepped in on a CoD lobby lately, but you can get called a string of names just by coughing too loudly lol.
Add to that the fact that a good amount BEO players are >16, and you have a community that is immature and has no respect for one another.
The question is how do we manage such a forum, and as you put, through regulation and rules that don't exist in the current layout.
I like the idea of the access gained through "positive rep" (such as we see some offshoot in the game already). I've seen other forums that have 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' that can be voted on by the community, leading to a higher level of accessibility for that person. Through greater levels of participation, the user can 'level up' their access to other options. The catch is that the moderators need to be on the ball and make sure the system is working as intended…but that doesn't seem to be a large task imho.
Perhaps requiring admin/mod approval before posts are visible would be a good start, and after several posts of positive approval, that restriction is removed? Something along those lines is as good a place to start as any.
As for banning, there is little that can be done that hasn't been thought of already…banning accounts or ip addresses seems to be the only way of maintaining order; but alas, even an ip address can be changed. Add to that the fact that the same ip address may be attached to different users and we have a whole separate issue.