We’ve got a deranged person who is using proxies, fake emails etc. to bomb our site with the products of his paranoia. He’s clearly getting a lot of gratification out of being deleted for “censorship” and coming back with a new sock-puppet ID within a day or less. And he has escalated to making violent threats against moderators in personal messages. We’ve tried most of the obvious things, but they aren’t that hard to get around if you’re determined and motivated by misplaced revenge fantasies.
He’s using various IPs, but one commonality is that they all map to something called “HERN Labs AB” in the Netherlands. So far as we can determine, no other users are associated with that IP. Most of them are in a range around this IP 2001:67c:198c:906:2::256.
- Is there a way to blacklist HERN Labs AB by name?
- I tried using a wildcard (*) to block the range of IPs rather than the specific one he’s using (which always changes). I’ve read that it’s possible to do this in Discourse, but when I’ve tried it, it doesn’t seem to work. Similarly with trying to search on the suspect IP in the users list using a wildcard, to see if there are any other similar accounts lurking—that doesn’t seem to work either.
- We’ve alerted our legit users that they can instantly hide his posts by flagging them as Spam, which seems to be helping a bit.
- We’re keeping an eye on the New Users list and silencing any suspicious looking accounts that pop up, but we’re volunteers, so tightening up the automated solutions would be preferable.
Any other suggestions? I assume he’ll get bored eventually but it could be a long time as he really seems to be getting off on the whole whackamole game. Makes him feel clever. And the violent threats indicate a level of demented determination that he isn’t easily going to give up on. We’d appreciate answers to any of the above or suggestions of things we may not have thought of.