Steve E wrote:Thanks Dog Cow and Kevin,
I understand your scenario, although it's unlikely that it applies in this situation. Knowing some background on the situation (which included several other attacks) what they are saying is true (multiple posters from the same IP). I do know that several people can share an IP, etc... but I don't understand how they were able to see the IP to know whom it was coming from.
So the accusation that X number of 'users' all posted from the same IP isn't really the issue, not is how many IP's they've used - but that they knew X number of 'users' were posting from the same IP is what is confusing. And they got the number correct.
The way the board is configured, the IP's aren't visible, within the thread. But by clicking the IP link, I can see the IP as well as anyone who's posted from it and any others used by that person (relating to Kevin's comment). It seems like this person may be accessing this information also.
Well, you have two options:
Run some tests on him: ask this guy to confirm some information that you know. For example, since he guessed the number of different IPs, ask him to tell you what they are.
Play with his mind. Tell him there's another, new IP address that is in use and ask him to tell you what it is. Or, tell him he's got some wrong IPs, or the wrong number of them. See what his reaction is.
The point here is to get the most information from him, while giving him the least information.
It could be possible this guy has moderator permissions and really is clicking that IP button on your forums. Check carefully his user-assigned permissions, then check if he's in any groups with moderator permissions. I had acase years ago where some really old member got assigned to be a moderator by mistake. I fixed it, of course, but it still can happen.