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Opened 3 years ago

#3633 assigned enhancement

Moderator tool: Help spot sock puppets

Reported by: anevins Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Support Forums Keywords: 2nd-opinion


Sometimes a moderator may be overlooking reviews of a plugin for various reasons and one of them could be to check for sock puppets.

Although sock puppets are verified through multiple data sources, one of the ways they can be identified is through IP.

I think it would be useful for the IP check to occur in the background while moderators carry out their normal workflow of reviewing individual user reviews.

I have created a script for this that utilises localstorage:

  • Runs in tampermonkey
  • Does not change the normal workflow of a moderator
  • Runs on individual review pages
  • Stores the IP, plugin name and thread for uniqueness
  • For any new review thread visited, if the IP is the same as a previous review (under the same plugin), a visible flag is added
  • Has a button to remove localstorage created by this script

Would we consider adding this to WordPress.org for moderators?

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