While VPN are user favourites due to the fact that they claim to offer privacy on internet. But what if you are a webmaster and is not happy the way it is turning out ?
After all this, can we say that a VPN is not a webmaster's friend ?
Abhi The logged IP does not belong to the original poster aka OP
You could say the same for using either a 4G network or public WiFi to post. Neither of those addresses would necessarily identify you either. You could be identified from the 4G network but the ISP wouldn't disclose that unless a subpoena was issued by law enforcement.
Accessing the web behind a VPN is mainstream these days. I do it all the time.
As a webmaster, do you wish that you could actually know who is adding all those opinion on your website ? Of which you could be held accountable. Someone anonymously come and go with so many statements and arguments and in the end, you will be responsible for it.
Abhi this is why you need a mechanism in place - be it automatic, or manual, that closely monitors any user contributed content to ensure it does not violate any policies, incite racial hatred, cause harm or offense, be salacious etc.
Popular sites have moderators for this very purpose
phenomlab Popular sites have moderators for this very purpose
The most popular forum I know is Facebook 🏆
But you are right, manual moderation can contain such bad content to an extent. But it is the bad links that get away in my experience. It is hard to go through what every link offers.
I would like something genuine tying user and user generated content. That way a webmaster feel safe. Otherwise it is nothing but anonymous posting.
I personally do not want to know where they come from, their OS, browser, IP etc. But if they misuse the community platform and things go wrong, there should be something pointing to the original individual.
admin there should be something pointing to the original individual.
I think if the poster is not identified, the VPN provider should be held responsible for the content. But that is far fetched considering the laws in various countries and where the server is located.
From the user point of view, I don't mind anonymous posting. Not in the real sense, but not revealing details to a stranger.
Abhi the point of a VPN is anonymity. You can't hold the VPN provider responsible when they haven't actually posted the content themselves. How would this work if the poster used TOR for example
That is where the user gets away and the webmaster suffers. I like it when I am browsing, but not when I am hosting a website.