April 5th, 2004, 05:50 PM
When visiting a public messageboard, how can a site track its visitors? On a computer with cookies disabled, dynamic ip domain masks, how can the computer be tracked for repeat visits and post content?
April 5th, 2004, 05:59 PM
Perhaps you may need to start blocking entire subnets..
Can kill forum traffic but as they say....Thats the breaks.
April 5th, 2004, 06:02 PM
PS: the messageboards do not require logon...
That's a possibility. Would that be done on the web server (IIS, in this case)?
April 5th, 2004, 06:45 PM
You might want to look at server side sessions. This technique is used in PHP and can be a method of tracking users. Is this question, however, about blocking users or keeping track of them as far as what posts they have read or what they have posted?
April 5th, 2004, 07:02 PM
Initially to track what they've posted (what they are reading is interesting also). Then blocking if they are continually posting objectionable/off-topic messages.
April 5th, 2004, 07:12 PM
Then to deal with users who do "no-no" things, I'd put in place specific bans through firewalls and/or local files that deny access (I'm think *nix and the hosts.deny/hosts.allow files). Start with specific bans based on IP and go broader if it becomes more problematic. Lastly, you may need to consider switching to a username/password login to limit who has access if they become specifically caustic.
April 5th, 2004, 09:08 PM
If you're running Apache, you may also want to consider the Deny directive as supplementary to the hosts.deny/hosts.allow option. It can be placed within any .htaccess file, or within a <Directory> directive in the main configuration. For the sake of keeping it manageable, you'll probably want to go with your Deny directive.
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April 5th, 2004, 09:29 PM
If IIS has such a mechanism, I'd need to deny an entire subnet?
I'm looking though IIS now for this option.
April 5th, 2004, 09:52 PM
So, we disable subnet, short of going to another network, what can a determined user do to get on the messageboard anyway?
April 6th, 2004, 10:35 AM
the determined user could use a proxy..
if the user from the usa would use a proxy say in germany he'd have an entirely different subnet..
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