Update: My favorite take on this story yet: Yes, Randi Zuckerberg, Please Lecture Us About `Human Decency’ and if you’re curious about the details of Facebook privacy settings, Marketingland has a nice write up on the details: How Facebook Tagging Helped Make Randi Zuckerberg’s “Private” Photo Go Public
… about a week ago, I put one guy into moderation (via his IP address) because he had a habit of hijacking posts to let everyone at RCG know we had lost our way. I could tell from his comments that he was an agent who followed the tech news, so he was not the usual person I put into moderation, but he did a few things, like repeating nearly identical comments under different handles, that just rubbed me the wrong way.
I give this background, because earlier today an otherwise legitimate comment got sent into moderation. In checking out why I realized that this agent was writing from the same IP as the anonymous person I had been banning. A little snooping around his website convinced me that it is almost definitely the same person.
Tip: if you want to stay anonymous after being rude, then figure out how to cloak your IP. (There are much more advanced options, but one easy way is just to use Google’s translate service to translate a page “into” English because then it appears to the blog platform that the page is being loaded by Google’s IP instead of your own.)