Will an IP banning feature be added to Yola?

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Posted 9 years ago

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Hey Massownage,

Well you could request it with the request feature button at the top of the sitebuilder!
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KanThaiDecor

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Too many ways around IP banning if you are having a troll problem.....I think it might be a nice feature if you have a need to block out certain geographical areas.
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Hello Massownage,

That's a great question! IP banning is something that can only fully be implemented at the server level, and it is not something that Yola offers. IP banning is something we would caution against for a few reasons:

1. They are easy to get around.
2. People share computers, you ban the ip, you ban all the users.
3. You could end up banning thousands of users who share an ip address.

I hope this helps, if I can answer any further questions please let me know.

Emmy
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Well, it doesn't bug me that I could be banning thousand of people with one IP Address. When something like that happens, I wonder why there would even be so many people with that IP address, obviously they changed their IP, but if the ban effects them, they can just change the IP again, and if that happens, and they're supposed to be banned, the new IP they have can be banned as well. It all works just fine in my eyes.
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I may be mistaken, but I thought IP addresses automatically change every once in awhile?
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KanThaiDecor

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It takes no time at all to use a proxy server to mask any IP and that can be done over and over.
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Jcrosb94

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If it's a static IP Address, no. Static IP Address cannot be changed unless you change it to a dynamic IP Address.
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May I ask why do you want to block IP address's?
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Jcrosb94

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Because someone is stealing ideas and other stuff from my website and saying it's his when it's really mine.
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KanThaiDecor

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If you feel there are copyright violations maybe consider e mailing support directly and see if they can help you out.....If something is yours it is yours and worth investigating what you can do to protect it even if it means legal action.
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I'm sorry to hear this Massownage.

here's some copyright information on another thread that may be of help to you:

http://getsatisfaction.com/yola/topic...

You may consider contacting the DMCA regarding this:
http://www.eff.org/issues/dmca
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Jcrosb94

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Yeah, but why go through hours, and hours of work trying to start a lawsuit against someone when there could be a widget that will allow me to just keep him from going to my website entirely. And I know for a fact this guy won't change his IP Address because he doesn't know how to.
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I understand. Unfortunately, this may not stop the guy from stealing your stuff. He can easily use other people's computers. I hope for your sake, he will stop. I only suggested taking legal action as this may be the only way to stop people from violating the copyright laws.
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Well if you have the guy's actual ip address you can report it to his ISP. Just tell them they it is copying and claiming my work for his own.
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Hello Massownage,

A group of computers will look to have the same ip address when a proxy server is used.

What happens is, multiple computers go through a gateway (the proxy server), which has a single IP which then connects to the Internet. So each computer will in reality have it's own IP that was assigned by the ISP (Internet Service Provider), but anything from the proxy server to the Internet (which is where all the individual computers are going through) goes through the shared IP, thus, the Internet only sees the proxy servers IP.

Also, when you have multiple computers behind the same Internet connection, such as a school etc, they will have the same IP as well.

This is how the scenario could play out that I described above. It is understandable that blocking trolls on the Internet would be beneficial in some circumstances, this is just something that we don't recommend and also needs to be done at the web server level.

I hope this better explains the possible scenarios.

Emmy
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Jcrosb94

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I know how it all plays out, and I realize the possible consequences of blocking a single IP Address, I just want this guy to not be able to access my website.
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Yes, I can see how that would be terribly frustrating! There is a very good thread on this topic here in our forum where some users discuss various ways to combat plagiarism; here is a link: Plagarism.

Let us know if you have any questions about the ideas that were discussed on the thread please.