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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

How to Prevent Trolls



I figured out a way to deal with trolls. You know banning accounts and IP addresses only you gets you so far. It's easy to create new ones or spoof addresses. There hasn't been a successful way of preventing them from returning from the pit, except "don't feed them". Until now. How do you do it? Simple.

To register a new profile, you have to fill out a new required field: Mom's phone number. And it must be confirmed for the registration to go through (so you can't give it to your friend). No need for banning, no need for strikes or filters. Anyone caught trolling gets a text to mom containing the offending content.

We'll see how many trolls stick around after that.
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