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follow Hircus 2017 May 18, 6:47pm
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a long time ago I had a Vbulletin forum, and there was a plugin I installed called "miserable users". the idea was that instead of banning users, where they would usually just come right back under a different userid, you instead mark them for misery. after that, the plugin would randomly make a low percentage of http requests fail for that user, either partially or fully. and another % of requests would be delayed via sleep(rand(5, 20)), and a few other annoying things. it was very effective with my problematic users because they didn't know about it and didnt suspect anything due to the relatively low rate of affected http requests, and so they would eventually leave because of how frustrating my forums were to use.