We could actually do something useful here folks!
I hope Joan/Ruth is listening.......
In my post of this date:
Subject: RE: What's happened to Sidmouth?
From: Steve in Sidmouth - PM
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 04:57 AM
I asked Joe Offer to confirm that none of my posts came from the same IP address(es) as those from 'Chris Porter' or Steve Thomas' or whatever names he/she/they used on Mudcat.
JOE OFFER HAS CONFIRMED THIS - see his comment in red below my post.
Now, most of you techie people will know that IP numbers are rotated and randomly associated at each computer/router switch-on. This is (in part) to help prevent 'sniffer' programs targetting a specific PC and was standard during the days of dial-up modems in the UK. Broadband connections seemed to be PC specific for a time but are now roaming albeit within the allocated block.
So I doubt very much if the IP numbers recorded against ALL the posts from 'Chris Porter' (et al) were the same - unless his/their computer(s) were switched on all the time so maintaining the connection OR they were using a dedicated IP address which would imply a large organisation rather than a home based typical broadband PC connection.
I have logged the IP connection I am using at the moment - (different from the one yesterday but the first few digits are the same as you would expect).
Sorry, Steve. I've gone as far as I feel comfortable going. It's better for us to keep people guessing about what we know and what we don't know. Identity manipulation is a problem at Mudcat. For me to say more, wouldn't be helpful to Mudcat's interests.
So, would Joe Offer like to send me an email (to my registered address on hotmail.com) confirming what he thinks the IP is I am using now, and I'll say if he's got it right.
Then, if he would care to divulge the IP address(es) used by 'Chris Porter' (et al) we could have some fun trying to locate he/she/them. Probably not possible unless you were the police but interesting to plough through the databases nonetheless.