So, you all know we've had to ban players before. Some people are not a good fit for Sindome for a variety of reasons. Maybe they meta gamed and shared IC info with other players, maybe they were consistently disrespectful to staff and other players, or maybe it was a bunch of little things that left us little choice but to enforce a ban.
Some bans are short, some are long, some are forever.
We've noticed that some players connect through tor or proxy servers. This is problematic for us because that means they could be banned players, trying to circumvent said ban or rule breakers connecting to unauthorized alts.
Where someone connects from is only one in a variety of tools we have in place to detect those playing alts or circumventing bans, but it's an important part. I'm considering proposing a vote to the other admin to ratify a rule that would state that if you want to connect to Sindome, you can't do it from a proxy (or tor), and if you are detected doing so, we'll ask you to sign in with your actual IP.
I'd like to discuss this a bit, and get your thoughts. How many of you would this actual effect? I have only detected a few people using tor / proxies, so that isn't that big a deal. We don't want you to be less safe on the net, but we do need to protect our community from folks that would take advantage of software like that to hide their true identity from us, to avoid the consequences of their actions.
There are of course times where you might be using a proxy for valid reasons, like getting around a fireware that prevents you connecting to the game, and those are situations where an admin like me, would be able to work with you to verify that you aren't a banned player (or trying to play two characters), and add an exception.
Thoughts on this? Does it even effect anyone that isn't using this for the reasons we want to make it against the rules to do it for?