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Hey guys. 

 

So yesterday, a forum user contacted the staff because he had suspicions that another forum user was using a duplicate account to vote for his list twice. 

 

The admin in question, grim22, looked up the IP addresses of JamesCameronScholar and Hydrogen. It is during this search that it was discovered that there were a couple instances where the two accounts used the same IP. It is our assumption that if we find two users who tend to share the same opinions and two users who submitted nearly identical lists to a recent countdown that it is likely that two users are the same person.

 

It is also during that investigation when we found Grand Moff And JCS also shared the same IP: in 2017 for instance Grand Moff disabled his authentication then seconds later under the same IP, the JCS account password changed.  This was one of several instances where the three accounts would share the same IP address.

 

Obviously we can't reveal the specific IP addresses for privacy concerns even though those IPs we believe belong to VPNs.

 

Normally if a user isn't suspended but creates a duplicate account, we ask the user what account they would like to keep and ban the alt accounts and tell you. 

 

Since JCS wasn't suspended but delivered nearly identical lists in order to influence countdown lists, which the community works hard at and values immensely, the staff decided to implement the common sense rule and we are now discussion a suspension length for JCS. In the meantime, he has been suspended while we determine how long.

 

I ask that the community move on and refrain from creating any more drama. We are hoping JCS honors the suspension and returns to the community at the end. 

 

(I'd also like to note Pure Spirit did create an alternative account during his suspension which normally warrants a permaban. Since he didn't post and had no intention of posting with it, we have decided not to permaban him but let him serve out his ban.

 

We also apologize for not updating the suspension list when Pure Spirit was suspended creating some level of confusion.)

 

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