I’m the moderator of a forum that uses Discourse. I have been searching this site for a while to better understand the software and how to better help moderate the forum. I may not be using the correct search terms so if anyone could direct me to the appropriate threads that would be great.
The forum I moderate is a mental health forum and as such paranoia can sometimes be a concern regarding members posting from multiple accounts. I realize that the software tracks the same IP address being used within the same thread. Does it track the same IP address for multiple accounts? I have seen the software in action with respect to the first scenario however as time goes by I am noticing certain members posting from multiple accounts (on purpose). They use different email addresses but the IP is the same.
Another system I am trying to understand is reputation. I know that how I respond to flags can affect not only the flagged member but the flagger as well. I don’t know if this is true for all levels. Meaning if a level 3 flags and I disagree then the level 3 flagger loses reputation? I think. Please confirm. If a level 2 flags does the same thing happen?