Profiling: Multiple Account Users

Diana Notacat

The Space Kitten
Joined
Feb 18, 2005
Messages
864
Diana Notacat submitted a new Article:

Profiling: Multiple Account Users

Profiling: Multiple Account Users

The art of profiling may seem only relevant to police departments and crime dramas, but using this same system of detective skills is just as useful online when it comes to keeping your community safe. As a detective can track clues left by thieves or other criminals in a town or city, admins can use profiling to spot potential abusers on their forums. Keep in mind, when it comes to human behavior, no system is ever fail-safe! A person may follow the patterns of a stereotype then turn out to surprise you by being an extraordinary member! The biggest mistake any webmaster can do is making assumptions without proper evidence. It is up to you as the admin to practice your skills of prevention as well as deduction before you make accusations. Not every admin has that natural ability or instinct to spot trouble, but with this article you will have an aid in knowing what to expect.

One of the most problematic, yet seemingly ignored problem in forum communities are the multiple account users. One may argue that as long as they aren’t causing trouble, why is this a problem? Well, allowing users to have multiple accounts gives future trouble makers an easy back door to set up camp. Where you may just have the misguided member who just wants the extra attention, you may also have forum trollers that create extra accounts to evade bans and return undaunted. For a larger big-board, it can be difficult to curb multiple accounts - hundreds of registrations a day are a lot to deal with! Still, prevention methods in place can deter most people.

Require admin validation.
A popular forum admin may find this tedious to sift through all new accounts, but it can become a necessary evil in blocking bad users - especially on those larger forums where problems are more likely to occur! Note, that just because you have a big forum, doesn’t mean it’s a good one! Safety of the community should be a top priority! Enlist extra staff to browse registrations if you need them, but try to do it. Another way to keep an eye on new users without the extra work of validating accounts is to make use of a user group system. Have the initial new accounts go through a grace or screening period where they have limited access to major parts of the forum, or have posts moderated. This attention to new members allows mods to get to know who is who before they become an active member. Keeping an eye out for some of the following...
Read more about this article here...
 
Last edited by a moderator:
Top