[RC] Multiple pseudos hunter 1.0.0

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[RC] Multiple pseudos hunter 1.0.0

Post by -=ET=- »

This (very easy to install) MOD provides admins and mods with a lot of information to help them finding multiple pseudos of users, or new pseudos of banned people for example :evil:

2 links will let you reach the Multiple pseudos hunter information:
  • One on the user's profile... (a new "IP" icon has been add)
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  • and one on any post... (using the IP icon - it replaces the original viewip form)
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The principle of Multiple pseudos hunter is easy:
  • It stores the registration IP (available even if the new member has not posted yet)
  • It displays all the profile information of a user + all the IP addresses used (which ones, how many times and when).
  • And it search in the DB who has used the same IP addresses, how many times, when, and displays the results under each IP address used emphasizing in red the pseudos who have used this IP address during the same period of time (so who can be potential duplicates - even if its not sure at this stage).
    Here is how it looks like...
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  • From this starting point you can select any other pseudo who has used the same IP address and display all its information on the other side of the screen
  • Here too, very often it will let you easily discover clues to confirm your suspicions as very often people has no imagination and use very similar peudos, emails, IM addresses or signatures.
  • Another method consists in searching in the host names. Indeed, your suspicions will be reinforced if all the host names of potential duplicates point out the same country and the same city for example. To display the host name of an IP address, click on it.
  • And when host names are not that clear, you also have the possibility to trace the route used by clicking a second time on the IP address. Very often, near the end of the route you'll see clearly the country and the city.
  • At last, the post times by IP address will let you make the difference between the ones used at work and the ones used at home.
Then, this MOD offer you tons of possibilities to let you build a good idea if someone banned just came back or if another guy play a strange game with multiple pseudos.

:!: Nevertheless, don't go too fast!!!
Don't forget that an IP address used by 2 people on the same period of time is NOT sufficient to say it's the same person! Indeed, it can be a shared address from a large company, or an university. It can also be a dynamic address reassigned twice to a member, which can let you think he has used it continuously.
So, be careful to always confirm your suspicions with multiple pieces of evidence before being sure of your conclusions :?

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############################################################## 
## MOD Title:          Multiple pseudos hunter
## MOD Author:         -=ET=- < N/A > (N/A) http://www.golfexpert.net/phpbb
## MOD Description:    This MOD enhance the IP view page to
##                     help to detect multiple pseudos
## MOD Version:        1.0.0
## 
## Installation Level: Easy
## Installation Time:  5 Minutes (1mn by EasyMOD)
## Files To Edit:
##      viewtopic.php
##      includes/usercp_register.php
##      includes/usercp_viewprofile.php
## Included Files:
##      mph.php
##      language/lang_english/lang_mph.php
##      templates/subSilver/mph.tpl
## License: http://opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license.php GNU General Public License v2
############################################################## 
## MOD History: 
## 
##   2005-08-28 - Version 1.0.0
##      - Initial release 
## 
##############################################################
Last edited by -=ET=- on Fri Sep 16, 2005 10:02 am, edited 3 times in total.
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Post by A.I. BOT »

Good job this is much handy.
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Nice mod. Will try later today.
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Post by chatasos »

Seems interesting.... :wink:

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Post by -=ET=- »

Thank you :)
Any feeback? It works fine?
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Post by -=ET=- »

After many download, no one reported any issue so I've submitted it today! :)
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Post by Bondings »

Hi ET, I have some bad news for you. I really like your mod and it would be great for my board. But apparantly (unless I forgot to change something) it is not suited for big boards.

I have over 50.000 posts and over 3000 members so that might be the cause.

I installed your mod (by hand) and when I clicked on the ip, nothing seemed to happen, only the loading bar which stopped after a minute. The server load immediately got from 1 to 12 and the processes even stayed in memory, so I had to kill them by hand. I didn't wait very long, so it might have loaded after a few minutes, but that's too long for me and too much for the server load.

Anyway, good luck with your mod and maybe - one day - it will be suited for bigger forums. :D Or I just made a tiny mistake causing this load. By the way, is there someone with a bigger forum who installed this mod - fully working and fast?
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Post by -=ET=- »

Hum... what you discribe is a bit surprising.
I'll contact you by PM to do some tests and I'm sure we'll find why you have this issue and how to solve it :)
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Post by Bondings »

Ok, go ahead, I would really like to get this problem solved. Otherwise I'll just use tiny bits of your code by selecting what I really need. :D
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Post by -=ET=- »

Sorry but I was in fact too busy last WE.
I'll contact you by PM today... :wink:
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Post by jerryT »

Anyway to use this with out allow Moderators to see the IP details ??

I like the admin to see but NOT mods..

Thanks
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Post by beggers »

Any activity on this mod? It's sounds useful but I would also be concerned about the server load issue. I hope that can be worked out.
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Post by beggers »

(sorry, accidental double post)
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Post by -=ET=- »

beggers wrote: Any activity on this mod? It's sounds useful but I would also be concerned about the server load issue. I hope that can be worked out.

I've never reproduce any issue on this subject and no one reported the same issue.
Moreover, Bondings never send me the test DB he should send me to verify his issue.
So at the moment... for me it works well :)
Anyway you can test it, this MOD needs very few modifications.
jerryT wrote: Anyway to use this with out allow Moderators to see the IP details ??

I like the admin to see but NOT mods..

Perhaps I'll add this feature in a future release. But you know, it's the current way phpBB works. Moderators can already see IP information.
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Post by kfj »

I get an error with this bit:

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#
#-----[ IN-LINE FIND ]----------------------------------------
#
$board_config['board_timezone'])

#
#-----[ IN-LINE AFTER, ADD ]----------------------------------
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 . $ip

The error is "unexpected '.' in line 201" (above code)
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