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Are the mods able to see our IP address?

  1. Aug 26, 2013 #1
    Are the mods able to see our IP address?
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  3. Aug 26, 2013 #2
    Yes we have that information
  4. Aug 26, 2013 #3
    for how long do you store that information?
  5. Aug 26, 2013 #4


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    Until the American NSA asks for it? :smile:

    seriously, kidding aside, the privacy policy says:
    Of course as a non-moderator I have no way of knowing if this is in fact the case, nor exactly what "normally" means... But I'm not losing a lot of sleep over it.
  6. Aug 26, 2013 #5
    Perhaps there's no "asking" involved, they already have a backdoor or will just get it illegally.
  7. Aug 26, 2013 #6


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    How do you think that the server knows where to send the page that your browser is requesting?
  8. Aug 26, 2013 #7
    Your IP is stored indefinitely.
  9. Aug 26, 2013 #8
    With some message boards your IP is visible to the mods and/or admins with every post you make. However, I can't say for sure about vBulletin as I've never had those permissions on a vBulletin forum.
  10. Aug 26, 2013 #9

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    Not only can we see your IP, we can also read your mind. I can tell that you don't believe me...
  11. Aug 27, 2013 #10


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    We (Mentors) are not typing the source code of every forum page manually as soon as some user loads a forum page ;).

    It is the same with vBulletin.
  12. Aug 27, 2013 #11
    i thought this was funny.

    " I can tell that you don't believe me ",
  13. Aug 31, 2013 #12


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    How else would you track sock puppets or scammers?
  14. Aug 31, 2013 #13


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    Creating a sock puppet was the only reason that I could think of for asking the original question.
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