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It's happened a few times recently that IP users have been using TOR to troll on our wiki. Is this something we want to try to block? I found an article about blocking Tor exit points here (PDF), but my network/Internet knowledge is limited to the basics, so much of the article is over my head and I don't know if it would be useful if we do want to try to block TOR trolls. —Robin Hood (TalkE-mailContribs) 01:56, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

On a related note, I've also been in touch with OverlordQ who designed the "Tor check" for Wikipedia. While he's unwilling to re-design it for uesp.net, he is willing to give us the code and explain exactly how it works if we want to re-design it for ourselves. Is this something we'd be interested in? The Wikipedia version will double for us if the person also happens to be using Wikipedia, but I suspect it wouldn't work if the person is only using UESP. If we don't take measures to ban Tor users (as we would other public proxies), then we may want to add our own "Tor check" option to the anonymous IP menu. Any thoughts? —Robin Hood (TalkE-mailContribs) 00:28, 6 October 2009 (UTC)
I think such as system would be worth looking into. Since the middle of August, there have been at least five incidents where Tor has been involved in Trolling on the wiki (or at least that's what I gather via manually checking IP addresses. There's already an option for 'Tor Check' in the check user function, but unfortunately, it doesn't appear to work.--Ratwar 03:21, 6 October 2009 (UTC)
He said it was written in Perl, but that it was fairly simple logic and should be easy to modify, so I suspect anybody with any web programming experience would be able to get it up and running. Nephele would probably be able to handle it quite easily, though she seems to be on a bit of a Wikibreak right now. —Robin Hood (TalkE-mailContribs) 01:46, 7 October 2009 (UTC)
I was hoping that Nephele would return and comment on this, since at least the initial post would have been more her domain, I think. In regards to the Tor check, though, should I go ahead and ask OverlordQ for the code? I'm not a web programmer, so I don't know what would be involved in setting up something like that and whether it's something that anybody could host on any server we want, or if this is something that would have to be handled by Daveh/Nephele. —Robin Hood (TalkE-mailContribs) 01:37, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
I think it would be worth asking for the code, even if it never gets anywhere. If someone knows how to work on it and is willing to do so, then we'll at least have the material ready for them! –Eshetalk 01:53, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
Okay, done! Any admins who are likely to work on the project and want a copy of it should e-mail me and I'll respond with a copy of the message once I get it. (Sorry, I won't send it to anybody else, both for safety reasons and because I presented this in the context of us implementing a Tor check ourselves, not freely distributing his source code.) —Robin Hood (TalkE-mailContribs) 05:54, 22 October 2009 (UTC)