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Arrrgh! What does "IP" mean?

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Janice & Mokey's Man, Apr 17, 2002.

  1. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    Okay, this is drivin' me batty---I'm sure the Count would like that, but it's gone too far now.

    In the bottom right corner of each person's message there's a link that says, "Report this post to a moderator" (or somethin' like that if not exact). Then to the right it says: "IP: logged". Or somethin' else I guess if they're not logged.

    What does it all mean??? I know it can't stand for "Intimate Portrait" cause this ain't the Lifetime channel, and I would assume it means some kinda status, but there's no "S"---what the heck is it?? :confused:
  2. Schala

    Schala Member

    IP is the identifier for your computer. It's a number that is the address of your computer. I would assume that that's what the IP down there means too.
  3. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Your IP address is your Internet Protocol address. It's the number assigned to your computer when you are connected to the internet or a local area network. It's how you are identified on any network so that when you make a request for something, such as a web page, the web server knows where to send it back to.

    In the case of forums logging your IP, this is done for security purposes. Quite frankly, I think this is the best thing that could have happened to the MC forum. With Delphi, Phil was forced to make the forum private after all the trouble caused by certain individuals who tried to rain on our parade (I'm sure you remember those people). A new member could only then join after they applied and got permission. IP logging allows for the forum to stay open to anyone and if someone causes a problem and persists at it, their IP can be blocked which is more efficient than kicking someone by their username only to have that person just come back again with another one.

    Does that answer your question?
  4. Wembley

    Wembley Well-Known Member

    An "IP address" is the number of your particular computer on the Internet, just like your telephone number. For example, muppetcentral.com's IP address is You can see this for yourself by typing into your web browser's bar and you will get MC's homepage! Just like your telephone, your computer "dials" up to the proper address and collects the information from the server. In fact, if you were to run a server program, you could even allow people to get information from your computer by giving them your IP address. (To find out your IP address on Windows-based computers, click START then RUN and type in WINIPCFG while you are connected to the Internet.)

    Now, just like the phone on my wall, the MC computer has a sort of "Caller ID" of people who connect to it. This allows Phil to track people who may cause trouble here at MC and lock them out or complain to the offender's ISP.

    Granted, it's a very simple expalanation, but if you want more information, let me know! :)

    (And yes, I am a geek...)
  5. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member


    Dang...i--it sure does!

    *overwhelmed with technical info*

    Lol :D

    I mean, when I started to read your post I was like, "Whoooa, duuude...", but then once I got past all the stuff that my li'l computer-knowledge-deprived brain didn't understand, then yeah, I got it in your Lamen's terms! Lol! Thanks for helpin' me out! :)

    *will track down Scott for any further computer questions*

    (Oh yeah, and I emailed you, like, Monday, but I saw on TP that your'e havin' email problems...just thought I'd let ya know in case you haven't gotten it yet)
  6. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    Hey! Are you sayin' I'm simple?! :mad:

    J/k! lol


    Well, I have been to known to have my Joey Tribbiani and Rose Nylund moments... :o

    Anyway, thanks for your answer too, and your invite for any further questions. :)

    LOL! Well maybe you think you are, but I'm glad you can "talk down" enough to me to get me to understand! lol!

    Scott and Rick rule! :D

    *will also track Rick down for any other computer questions*
  7. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Trouble is though - most ISP's assign you a new IP every time you log on nowdays so it can only temporarily stop trouble makers - otherwise you'd end up banning everyone from that provider.
  8. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    True, but most DHCP servers are normally on a monthly cycle. Besides, if Phil were to check up IPs being logged by newer users and see that a new IP was coming out of the same block of addresses that a banned one did, then he can keep a close eye on that user. It's better than the Delphi way.
  9. towels

    towels Well-Known Member

    Can't that be said about almost anything though?
  10. Electric Mayhem

    Electric Mayhem Well-Known Member

    "IP' is what I do after I've had too much to drink. :cool:
  11. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Well-Known Member


    LOL !
  12. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

  13. Wembley

    Wembley Well-Known Member

    Also too, it would be possible to block people out based on an entire range of IP addresses... For example, my DSL provider (verizon) owns a set of IP addresses for use in my area (something like man.nh.verizon.net or whatever, I can't really remember right now), and every time I turn on my computer (well, actually, every time I reboot my router) I get a new address (something like and it would be possible to block out everyone in man-nh.verizon.net, myself included. Of course, that would be a drastic move though...

    -Rick Miller
    ..."As a matter of fact, I AM a rocket scientist!"
  14. AndyL

    AndyL Member

    On of the IP log's most important features is the ability to quickly tell the difference between a sudden influx of newbies or a single person just trying to frustrate people.

    I help moderate a forum for a fansite about a particular computer game and I know that whenever I see a post that strikes me as unusual I hit phpbb's IP-Log button, and if I see the guy's got six different accounts, we don't have to try to figure out what's going on, we just nip the problem in the bud. Saves a lot of bother.

    I've seen one forum that called it's IP logging feature the "Stealth Mode Idiot Catcher" which I think sums it up nicely.

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