I was banned recently from City-data forum (city-data.com) , because I had 2 separate accounts, which is against the rules. I mainly wanted to have 2 separate accounts, because I wanted a user account where I could socially chime-in to try to help others asking for help. Then I wanted a separate user account, where I could ask questions (to seek personal help from others). Yet I had both accounts setup not to receive personal messages from anyone, including the moderators, because I did not want to have 2 more email accounts (per se) to check and I only wanted to post and reply publically on the site.
Anyway the moderator was somehow able to send me a private message stating that my 2 accounts had been temporarily suspended (due to my having multiple accounts), however he said I could write back (via the online message system) and tell him which account I wanted to keep. So when I tried to do that, I was unable to write back, since my account was frozen and my message option is turned-off.
Iím not sure how they monitor people for duplicate accounts (via my IP address and or email address maybe). Yet since I could not inform the moderator via the online messaging system, I figured I would create a new account and just use one account. Less than 24 hours later, the moderator suspended that account and sent me a message with a final warning. Yet since I could not reply back to the moderator due to the frozen 3 accounts, I opted to create a new account (account #4 ) . . . this time, using the computer at my local library. Yet less than 24 hours later, I got a message from the moderator , saying that I have been permanently banned from their website. The only reason why I created the last account is because I had asked a serious question to try to help a friend. There were at least 8 people that wrote me back with good & kind answers and suggestions, so I wanted to thank them for helping me. Yet the only way I can figure is, the moderator must have been monitoring my post and when he saw how I made my last post to thank the people from helping me, it was then he figured that I was the same person (even though I created the account at the library, which had another IP address, a different username, a different email address), and permanently banned me from the site.
Iím not a trouble maker, I do not post any SPAM, nor do I have any online fights with anyone on the City Data site. If they pulled my posts for the past 2 years (which is how long I had the 2 accounts), they would not find anything negative or obscene I have posted. Yet the moderator has latched-onto the duplicate account thing. Yet I have no idea how they handle one household when 2 people share the same computer with 2 username/accounts on "their site".
I know they must have some way to track computers . . . Yet with the tens of thousands of postings on City Data each day, I canít figure out how the moderator had time to monitor my post (under the new username, different IP address, different email address).
I really like that site and would like to somehow be able to correct my problem and just have one account, yet I donít know how to fix this problem, while being able to use my home computer. Someone suggested that I could use a proxy server . . . however if the moderator figured out in less than 24 hours that I was the same person using the libraryís computer, I donít think that the proxy server idea will work.
Any suggestions or ideas?