I think that much of what is being suggested , would require the Webmiss to do a fair amount of re-programming of the site, all together . While that job isn't my forte, I would defer to Webmiss for a more definitive answer as far as project time and work involved.
Other options that may or may not be as involved, for a fix of some of the issues in question, could be some sort of block to prevent multiple accounts being made by the same user, as many but not all , "hydras" have been the source of website trouble.
Another option is to do away with the forums and Just leave the groups, where there is more ability to vet the members joining the groups.
Personally , I'm all for IP address banning but that's not my decision either, when it comes to website function.
Ultimately it's the website owner who decides what they feel is tolerable for their site.
thank you very much lavender
of course, it goes without saying that any change is up to webmiss. thatís why these suggestion forums exist.
i must be mistaken in thinking that the sock puppet problem had been largely pest controlled.
i wouldnít want the forums gone by any means. i just hope there is a middle ground achievable