I am sure some of you remember the recent episode where someone registered as "SNN Fucked a Monkey" (or similar) and posted offensive images on the forum.
We had problems finding out who the person behind these offenses was because he was behind a proxy - or so the offender thought.
In reality, though, most proxy services exist to let you browse websites that would otherwise be blocked due to firewall restrictions and whatnot. Looking a little closer, you will even find that most of them have policies against abuse.
Please know that we log all access attempts, so it is possible for us to go back and see what page views a certain IP address has performed and when.
Now, with these two things in mind, I simply sent an e-mail to the owner of the proxy service containing data related to the offending user, and after a small exchange, I got his IP address.
Guys this kind of stuff happens because a lot of people on the site keep making jokes about some users, specialy S.N.N. (like this one) which is completely ok as long as it only happens from time to time because everyone likes to laught and S.N.N. doesn't see it like an ofense or anything.
However, everything has it's limits, and if it happens too often people will belive they can say anything they want about S.N.N. and they will confuse insults with jokes like Maxwell did. Also this is not the first time something like this happens, I've seen several newbies getting banned because they started threads with titles like "S.N.N. is gay".
I know what maxwell did was wrong, and I think he deserved to be punished, but all of us as a comunity should make an effort to prevent this kind of stuff. I'm not saying "stop making jokes about S.N.N. and other people", I'm just sayin we should make it less often to prevent this kind of stuff.
tl;dr: Try not to make a generic joke each time you talk about S.N.N.