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@Nick: You'd be surprised at how little of your identity is made up of login/OpenID/e-mail/IP/etc and how much of it is made up of behavior. Duplicate identities are very easy to spot in the vast majority of cases.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2011 on Suspension, Ban or Hellban? at Coding Horror
Be very careful with the technique you call "slowbanning". It's all too easy to open yourself up to DoS issues. If your web server holds open a process for the duration of the artificial delay then make sure that your rate-limiting happens before the delay. I work for a large-ish (~2 million unique visitors/month) discussion forum and we currently do not use any of the techniques listed above. We used to use "hellbanning" but the implementation of the feature in the software was poor and the tiny benefit was outweighed by the additional complexity. If the problem you're trying to solve is "how do I cut down on the meta-discussion around each ban" then one of the most useful fixes is to exclude bystanders from discussions about specific bans. If you allow general discussion of ban scenarios but prohibit specific discussion of individual bans by uninvolved 3rd parties you should be able to limit the amount of your time you have wasted. It mostly works for us.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2011 on Suspension, Ban or Hellban? at Coding Horror
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