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[–] EngelbertHumperdinck 1 points 21 points (+22|-1) ago 

No way! I only use voat through a VPN. This place is all about free speech. Blocking VPNs is not conducive to free speech.

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[–] RightHandOfTheGoat [S] 3 points 5 points (+8|-3) ago 

I understand that, that's why I said block voting, not accounts. If left as is this site will inevitably fall prey to those who would abuse it.

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[–] Iamoutlaw 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

So if we use a VPN we can't vote either? I don't like this at all.

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[–] Thetiedyeguy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Remove the rights of those who seek the protection and privacy anonymity provides to protect the people as a whole. I can see your reasoning but I disagree, if people can't be anonymous then we won't have all our free speech and edgy memes.

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[–] hyldaco 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Keep in mind that in some areas some people may not even be able to see voat or could face serious consequences for voicing their opinions. Their voats matter too. Blocking VPNs is not the answer.

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[–] RightHandOfTheGoat [S] 2 points -2 points (+0|-2) ago 

Blocking voting, not the IPs themselves. Was I not clear on that?

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[–] hyldaco 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I don't think you read this part: "Their voats matter too."

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[–] stretched_girl 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yes, that's why people are against your idea.

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[–] Datawych 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Fuck. That.

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[–] stretched_girl 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Here's one: NO!

Why should my ability to vote be taken away because I use a VPN?

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[–] tmow 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I see your point, but blocking VPNs is not the solution. Downvote if I could...

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[–] SuperConductiveRabbi 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Just collect /u/SaneGoatISwear's IP addresses and block him at the admin level.

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[–] RightHandOfTheGoat [S] 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

He could always just generate more IPs and start again.

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[–] Rimbo 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Just require captcha if it detects you're on a VPN. Problem solved.

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[–] stretched_girl 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Bad idea. Then you allow GOOGLE to associate your VPN/IP and username. Google already know too much.

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[–] RightHandOfTheGoat [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

CloudFlare already does, but not only is there a crack out for captcha, but that doesn't make manual manipulation much harder at all. With the small number of upvotes required to reach the front page, manually voting is still viable.

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[–] Rimbo 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

What about if you could only post on VPN when you have 100 upgoats? I just don't want to put people in danger who need to post on vpn if needed. I'm all for removing bots. Is there a possible way to force google image check? Or does the crack apply to that too?

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[–] MOS6522 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Better idea: Allow posting/voting from California, Sweden and Germany ip-ranges.

Block everything else.