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If two members have the same ipaddress does that mean its the same person?

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If two members have the same ipaddress does that mean its the same person?

Post by xgixanimallover on March 12th 2011, 5:28 pm

what the above says.

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Re: If two members have the same ipaddress does that mean its the same person?

Post by Base on March 12th 2011, 5:30 pm

Hello xgixanimallover,

Yes and no. It can be the same member, or it might not be and it's quite difficult to tell them apart. Sometimes two or more members' IPs can be the same due to them being in a similar location and due to the IPs changing constantly. Wink

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Re: If two members have the same ipaddress does that mean its the same person?

Post by ToTheFuture on March 12th 2011, 5:31 pm

An IP address is a computer's address. Think of it like the address of a house on a street-- it's completely unique, and you can use it to track down the location of the house/computer.

In the case of computers, this means that if two users are on the same IP address, they are using the same computer. And so, take it to mean what you want it to mean.

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Post by MrMario on March 13th 2011, 12:54 am

@ToTheFuture wrote:An IP address is a computer's address. Think of it like the address of a house on a street-- it's completely unique, and you can use it to track down the location of the house/computer.

In the case of computers, this means that if two users are on the same IP address, they are using the same computer. And so, take it to mean what you want it to mean.

Doesn't mean they are using the same computer. If there are people using Wi-fi and using the same service, you will see the same IP's.

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Re: If two members have the same ipaddress does that mean its the same person?

Post by kirk on March 13th 2011, 4:16 am

yeah or it's just one person with more then one account .

so that about covers the possibilities on that.

But chances are, when you have different members with the same ip address on the same forum, it's the same person.

Unless you have like a sister and brother on a shred compute, or roommates, husband wife etc.
There is no way to realy know for sure unless you ask, but usually if you have two different members sharing a computer you would know by them slaying something about in there discussions post etc.. but still proves nothing,

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Post by ToTheFuture on March 13th 2011, 3:20 pm

I swear, some of my members think I'm stupid. Razz There was one person with 7 different accounts, who kept claiming that none of the accounts were related to each other in any way! Even that some were from different countries, when they quite obviously weren't... Wow. scratch

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Post by Kuro L Lawliet on March 13th 2011, 3:31 pm

I don't think so, in my country, my IP address will change each time I disconnect and re-connect

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Re: If two members have the same ipaddress does that mean its the same person?

Post by kirk on March 14th 2011, 1:34 pm

Well if you have a member with many ip's and they are showing from different countries then they are using a anonymous Ip changer.

You have a lot of people that use ip changers and proxies.
And there is nothing wrong with that, just because someone might use this dont mean they are a bad person or doing illegal activities.

This day and age people want to feel protected and would rather not have their real ip address out there for any one to see or know.
But even with ip changers you can still track it down to a real ip.
And proxies can be cracked to, it depends how one has it set up.

But with all that aside.
If you feel someone has multiple accounts, or just feel unconformable that they have numerous ip address and so fourth, then confront them and ask them about it.

Then if you really do not like it, have it in your forum rules that any members having ip changes,proxies or multiple accounts with the same ip address will not permitted on the forums and accounts banned.

It's your forum you can run it how you want. and if your one that is uncomfortable with things such as this make it clear that you will not allow nor have it on your site.

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Post by ToTheFuture on March 15th 2011, 1:43 am

I don't know about yu guys, but I have a set IP for my computer (again, like an address). I can also access each IP's settings by typing the IP into my browser on that specific computer.

But, seeing Kuro L Lawliet's post, I'm coming to the conclusion that it's different for us all...?

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Post by Tara09 on March 15th 2011, 3:08 am

Yes thats right....some people have a Static Ip adress and some a Dynamic IP address. A static IP is always the same....it never changes....like your Phone number (as for lack of a better example), but a Dynamic Ip is changed when you log on and is set by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

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Perhaps if you also check their email addresses.....normally they are stupid enough to use the same client with a minor adjustment. For example Tara@gmail.com and Tara123@gmail.com


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Post by ToTheFuture on March 18th 2011, 1:11 am

Yes, they do that a lot... good idea. Razz

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