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5-31-2009 @ 4:56PM
I find it creepy that one can be tracked to their geographic location based on what ip address they used to post a comment on a website. Boy, this could certainly get vicious in the wrong hands.
5-31-2009 @ 5:15PM
Yeah totally creepy...which is why one should never threaten, or attempt to threaten anyone on the internet...you'll be caught. Lying on the other hand is pretty standard."We've investigated, and have determined based on IP address records of comments left by Ferarro on WoW.com between July of 2008 and May of 2009 that the comments all came from the same small subnet of IPs, and are all geographically very local to one another."Don't get me wrong, I like this website alot and have found a lot of useful info, etc. BUT if WI decides to say anything more specific about the IP addresses than the above then they are gone from my life permanently. Despite the weirdness of this whole situation, privacy is STILL the top concern. Using data that is private to "out" someone is just not cool (and who knows, may be illegal, but I'm no lawyer.)
5-31-2009 @ 5:54PM
Kole: We had a very thorough discussion on how much information we wanted to share regarding IP. Pretty much every site you post anything to is recording the IP you posted it from, but whether you should share that information or not is a tough call.We didn't want to go any farther than "we know what it is, and we know what it's been, and it's always been close together" for those exact privacy reasons. Posting where she (or anybody, for the matter) lives on a public blog is pretty crappy.
5-31-2009 @ 6:14PM
Kole,They know I am in Iowa. They probably know my habits pretty well and can probably tell you the day I got laid off due to the change in my posting patterns.Will they use this info for some nefarious purpose? Nah. Too much work. And the pay off is minimal. Ferraro made a controversy. This wouldn't be an issue but they along with a LOT of people have taken the person's info at face value. When someone big in the community does that, they might want to verify if the story is correct in the only way they can.Besides, they won't disclose too much. No one wants to get sued if a stalker or angry netrage geek kicks someone's butt. I'm going to go get my tinfoil hat though.
5-31-2009 @ 7:21PM
Alex/Adam/wow.com staff, you all did right by not posting any IPs and only summary information. Thanks for the investigative facts for this tasty internet flavored morsel.
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