I'm not going to tell you who is responsible, but I can tell you that it's pretty clear that there are a handful of users are consuming far more than their fair share of resources.

For example, the young man in Calgary who pressed reload on the main index 750 times, the young man from Ohio who viewed nearly 500 user's pages, or the guy who's been reported for page-spamming who pressed reload on forums about 400 times. Then there's the girl from Irvine, CA that pressed reload on IAM almost a thousand times in a four hour stretch, followed by a girl from Texas at 750 times, and then a Satanist with about 700 reloads.

Or the guy from Germany running the spy account that viewed 500 image gallery pages, or the sixteen year old girl “addicted to online tests” who downloaded almost 700 images (followed by the German guy who only viewed about 500, or one for every gallery he viewed).

I've just made some slight changes to the monitoring system. Now it can accurately tell the difference between pressing reload and actually using the forum and IM systems (to be sure the robots don't falsely accuse anyone).

In the short term, my plan was to simply run a daily tally of these numbers, and when a person significantly outdoes normal usage, it would put an obnoxious banner across the top of the screen that said something like:

You are using more than
your fair share of system resources!

Also, potentially reducing the numbers for spy accounts… While I don't mind users who actually use the site consuming high resources from time to time, I'm not so cool with people who treat this as a porn site wasting its resources so they can jack off.

Anyway, I have to go work on an image update…

PS. George Bush is a liar.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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