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I'm sure many of you know the case of Tony Stewart

It looks like he's freely continuing with an unregistered account

Can unregistered users bypass suspension, is it uncontrollable by admins?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes. Not completely. \$\endgroup\$ – Olin Lathrop Sep 19 '13 at 18:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ There are some internal tools for this purpose that we're using; they're obviously not overly effective, but we're working on changing that. Use offensive flags judiciously, please. \$\endgroup\$ – Shog9 Sep 19 '13 at 18:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ Please only use the bug tag for actual software bugs. This is indeed an issue, but a social one that as developers we can't fix just by writing/updating code. \$\endgroup\$ – Oded Sep 20 '13 at 11:45
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The fact is that there is no real recourse for preventing people from registering new accounts. Or generating new unregistered accounts

This is the internet, it's painfully easy to superficially change your identity. Requiring registration fixes nothing here as you can get an open id as easy as you can get a new email address. IP bans are relatively easy to avoid as well.

SE is hard at work developing solutions to quickly identify and even preemptively block trolls from showing up continuously. But the fact is, if there is a determined human being on the other end it's going to be hard for any automated mechanism to stop them completely.

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