Trolls who repeatedly return to harass outstanding members of this community have been a problem since before I joined ( or so I've read/heard about ). Someone gets angry/jilted/etc. deletes their profile in a huff ( if not banned ), and returns under an alias to harass or wreak havoc in the forums. I'm unsure what can be done about it. As a moderator we had one specific member who had targeted and was constantly advertising a member's name and address falsely. He mistakenly mistook one member as another ( one member being from Florida and the other New York ).
It was a mess.
The reason we can't track IP's is because there are ways around that from routers to various devices. I know for a fact Webmiss has exhausted herself in the past. But, technology is improving every day! Who knows what breakthrough in regards to tracking might occur?! Keep hope!
In regards to Poem of the Month - that was and always will be my baby despite who runs it. It's been a non-dramatic issue since its inception ( I'm talking years ) - until the rule of one win per 12 months was changed to include EVERYONE CAN WIN NO MATTER IF YOU'VE WON BEFORE!!!!! I saw it coming like a freight train! Even told Johnny - all hell's gonna break loose now - just watch.
Dire mistakes have been made with this competition, and I am inclined to agree with Craic that it needs a host who can devote attention to it. BUT, it needs to be a member who would earnestly enjoy the spirit of the comp and wants to become more involved at DU. Someone with poetry in their blood; not a current director of a group*, or moderator, or someone who already has responsibility. We need fresh blood around here in the form of leadership - such as Josh and Tallen - who will be terrific hosts of the new site comps!
* And, before anyone says anything, I understand Josh is a director in the critique group - there are several directors there - it's not like he runs the group. Spoken word is something he is passionate about and wanted to be more involved. Tallen in respects to new members as well.
I encourage anyone to become involved in what they are passionate about here. Just step up!
Not talking about isolated incidents or trolls like you mentioned or du have seen of..Am talking of no naming shaming here too..but the whole lot of MPA (Multiple Profiling Anonymities) is as if becoming the norm here...so much mushrooming floating rotating profiles, often or sometimes coming together in simultaneity too ...of not by one or specific troll...but by largely by the larger profiles here who have been long & perhaps longest here...The MPA is so blatantaly felt & its so (ill)intentions of why they are created is so many.. hate politics, bullying, divisiveness, etc etc etc ...all killing the spirit & truth of love & art...NOT TO JUST TALK OF A COMPETITION LIKE P.O.M. this MPA IS KILLING THE WHOLE SITE ITSELF...someone who talked-fought-wrote poetry against such MPA by obvious big members of du..i remember her as Taryn...is no more here active...So do everyone who raises voice against MPA ...all for the sake of Truth & Art,,,will have to finally go away from site as it is not being addressed???? This is not just a question to you , no grudge against anyone here...but asking Admin & all in here..what could be done to prevent MPA... IP Check & / or Similar foolproof check that will allow only IP-address-wise existence of Profiles??
Ahh, I am Sorry & am not being Pessimistic when I say..by the time we 'Keep Hope' the site is still mobbing with more & more MPA...& perhaps genuine members have no option but to stay away forever... Have all the faith in Technologhy & but the Admin the Webmiss-I have all the respects & adorations to Her..But is she directly or indirectly encouraging MPA by not addressing the issue & she herself being in Anonymous Veil saying she exist here in other anaonymous profile??
Well, as far as the votes in this thread clearly have a tilt towards the Original Format of One Win per Year..the P.O.M.issue will be taken care to that specific extent as you say..
Its good that there are so many new comps ...& yes agrees there is need for members (old or new) taking responsibility ..who could engage actively ..But am sorry to refer back to what I said earlier in this thread...comps. such as New Poet of the Month become unacceptable until such MPA are existent... Juz me again in all the views above...its what i feel intense & hope so many here feels too...am coming out openly with these for DU's own good-not for any personal motives or so..
Light & Love to You all Poetic Souls xx