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Punish Bad Users With Drupal Misery 418

Posted by samzenpus
from the what's-good-for-the-goose-is-good-for-the-griefer dept.
If you're sick of banning or deleting troublemakers on your Drupal website, you might want to check out Misery, the module designed to give trolls a taste of their own medicine. Creating a random length delay for a user, redirecting them to a random page, presenting them with a 404 error, and crashing their browser if they're using IE6 are just a few of the things you can make users endure with Misery. I'm still waiting patiently for a Punch In the Nose module, but this is a good start.

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Punish Bad Users With Drupal Misery

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  • Trolls (Score:5, Interesting)

    by parlancex (1322105) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @11:35AM (#35954292)
    I always thought the most effective way to combat trolls would be to silently flag their account, allowing them to post and continue viewing the forums as normal, but everything they do is completely invisible. The system could also generate fake replies to their replies and threads, also completely invisible.
  • Harming your users (Score:5, Interesting)

    by SirGarlon (845873) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @11:47AM (#35954500)
    Harming your users doesn't seem to me a good idea at all. Adding more bad behavior to the Internet is unlikely to improve anyone's situation. And crashing their browsers? That crosses an ethical line, in my opinion. What's next, infecting them with malware out of spite?
  • Re:Trolls (Score:4, Interesting)

    by parlancex (1322105) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @11:49AM (#35954532)
    And actually now that I think about it, you might as well just put all the troll flagged accounts into the same bubble, so they could see each other's posts, but they would all be invisible to everyone else. That would be much more difficult to detect.
  • Re:Trolls (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Animats (122034) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @12:13PM (#35954818) Homepage

    you might as well just put all the troll flagged accounts into the same bubble, so they could see each other's posts, but they would all be invisible to everyone else.

    That was seriously considered for an early MMORPG. Annoying players would be dumped into a dungeon level full of NPCs and other annoying players, where they could flame war and player kill as long as they wanted, without bothering anybody else. It wasn't done due to resource constraints, but it remains a good idea.

  • by Lumpy (12016) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @01:39PM (#35955864) Homepage

    One of my car hacking websites has this... It's called the troll bin. All the users that get marked as troll can post all they want but nobody but themselves or another troll see it. If you get a rep level above 20 (20 people liked your post) it appears visible to you and you can go and browse the troll bin for reading fun.

    I have wasted many hours laughing at how the trolls get all pissed that nobody is responding, then another troll responds, and they troll each other. Every once in a while they figure it out and leave, but some are still there after 4 years.

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