VPN / Proxy logins
There are an increasing number of websites that block logins from people with "fake" vpn / proxy ip addresses.
I think that should be the case here as well.
AFTER they are logged in without the VPN.. THEN they can switch over to their VPN to prevent their uploads and downloads being tracked by their ISP, etc.
Allowing people to log in with a fake ip address is just begging to allow trolls into the site.
Just like there are people who spend several hours per day sharing porn files.. there are other people who spend several hours per day attacking the site and users for sharing porn files.
It boggles my mind how there are members of this group who never upload nor download nor share anything.. but just spy on the site and file complaints.
We already have a system in place that blocks VPN or proxies from registering. There is a whole group of staff whose job it is to check all the accounts and remove those who make it through.
The accounts with no activity are not the problem.
@DandyLion That same system that blocks VPNs from registering.. should also be used for logging in. I can log in with a VPN.
In fact, on another torrent site, I can't log in WITHOUT a VPN!
Once someone is logged in, THEN they can turn their VPN on.
For instance, on cam sites such as Chaturbate.. they now eliminate almost all of their spam and trolls and attacks, by severely limiting VPNs. If someone has a VPN on, they can't even CHAT on Chaturbate.
I use Mullvad for my VPN service (without dedicated IP [they don't offer them yet]) for its long-standing performance for torrenting. I tried PIA with a dedicated IP but I became paranoid the IP could be traced and their performance was lack-luster in torrenting vs Mullvad.
When I connect to this site I want to ensure that my activity is not traceable by my ISP or other potential prying eyes (i.e. government agencies). I do not want anyone to have the slightest notion that I am visiting this site, and it is the reason I use VPN, including initially accessing the site's domains (IPs) and logging in.
What you are proposing runs counter to the very reason and purpose I use VPN for accessing and interacting with this site's domains: anonymity.
Your concern may be well-founded and I can agree there is the potential for misuse by bad actors. But does that level of issue warrant enough severity as to prevent all VPN connectivity for initially accessing and logging into the site's domains via browser? I'd argue against that for the very benefit VPN provides those of us who use it legitimately for protection from ISPs, local government sniffing, etc..Think of all the people who may use VPN for the very protection of anonymity vs. being exposed and traceable. I can think of a handful of countries that will push gay men from the top's of buildings to their deaths with spectators cheering below. VPN is a service for a reason: it provides protection through anonymity and bypasses restrictions of access to content.
I am sure the tech-gurus of the site know how to spot and identify the bad actors. For those of use who do torrent, are continually seeding thousands of torrents - we have the 'token' of our profile-identity embedded in our torrents. Perhaps there is some way the tech gurus can associate our web browser IP to our torrent tokens? Not sure, I'll have to defer to them on that.