Contributed by jose on from the ourland-security dept.
Starting now, every comment is going to print the IP address of the client machine for everyone to see. This decision was not made lightly, it has privacy concerns. The other big option, making this happen for Anonymous Cowards, but that's easily gotten around and people can still anonymize themselves.
We hope that the effect will be a self imposed clampdown on the quality of the comments. A healthy debate is reasonable, the usual trollage is not. With everyone able to see that it's always the same person, maybe these trolls will get the hint that they're not welcome and go away.
Hopefully this wont have to last long and we can get rid of it soon. We also hope that this doesn't kill healthy, positive comments. The new system we're looking at will make dealing with trolls a lot easier, this is one of the easiest ones we hope can be effective with the current system we have.
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