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If there is such a thing as a disinfo agent, then common sense tells me they would be active in several forum communities under different aliases, not just one. All a mod/admin would have to do is collaborate with some mods/admins of other forums discussing alternative topics. An admin from each forum will, in private only among the group of admins, provide an IP list of everyone who's ever posted on the forum. You can use PHPMyAdmin to query the posts table for IP's and export the result set.
Originally posted by DJW001
So what you're saying is, you want the Mods to conspire with Mods from other sites to spy on you and discover your true identity? This would be good for everyone how,exactly?
The problem is proxies are used by hundreds and even thousands of people at the same time. There's no possible way to conclusively know who is who.
Originally posted by SilentKoala
reply to post by ChaoticOrder
Yes but if they used those things, they would use them each place, so even if it's a fake IP, it would be a consistent fake IP across boards, and cross-referencable.
Originally posted by ChaoticOrder
Well as already mentioned, it wouldn't work because it's easy to mask your real IP by using a proxy or VPN or some other method... which I'm sure they do. You couldn't get any conclusive results from such an effort, nor would the admin ever do such a thing. It would probably breach some sort of privacy agreement if they were to share such details with 3rd parties.
If they provide inconsistent information (for example, on one forum their identity is very different than on another) and they dedicate themselves to only trying to debunk threads, then you've caught a disinfo agent.