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What's the significance of "Identical IP address" message?
Thread poster: Armorel Young

Armorel Young  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:35
Member (2004)
German to English
Feb 1, 2005

When adding an "agree" to a Proz answer suggested by another member a message came up headed "Identical IP address" and warning me that "Your IP address is the same as that of the answerer". What is going on? - I don't know the answerer at all, and I don't see how his IP address can actually be the same as mine. I would like to be reassured that there is no sinister explantion!

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Ian M-H
United States
Local time: 21:35
German to English
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ISP allocating same IP address to multiple users? Feb 3, 2005

Armorel Young wrote:

When adding an "agree" to a Proz answer
message came up [...] warning me that "Your IP address is the same as that of the answerer". What is going on? [...] I would like to be reassured that there is no sinister explantion![/quote]

I don't know anything about the ProZ server but a general response would be that you *might* have the same IP address as someone else, including someone else active on ProZ, if you have the same internet service provider (ISP). It depends on how you access the internet and how your provider allocates internet 'addresses' (IP numbers) to its customers. Some people have a permanent IP address, others get a new one each time they log on - and sometimes a whole bunch of people appear to have the same IP address when a web server (such as ProZ) 'sees' them log in.

If the person you wanted to "agree" with is geographically close to you, or if you use a major provider to access the internet, then this could be the explanation.


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gianfranco  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 22:35
Member (2001)
English to Italian
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Right Feb 3, 2005

Dear Armorel,

Ian is right. The message about the IP address conflict can be safely ignored, in most cases, for the reasons explained by our colleague. Thank you

Gianfranco


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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 04:35
Member (2004)
English to Russian
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Just contact moderators Feb 3, 2005

Dear Armorel, I believe that you and another proZ member have the same IP address (maybe using the same Inet provider). Your identity is verified, so you'd better contact moderators and ask them to investigate the matter and liberate you from these annoying messages.

I also used to receive such warnings (I use one of the most popular Internet provider in my city, as well as many of my colleagues who live here), but when I asked moderators about the warnings, these importunate messages disappeared somehow.

[Edited at 2005-02-03 18:17]


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Armorel Young  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:35
Member (2004)
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Thanks everyone Feb 3, 2005

Thanks for the explanations - I shall stop worrying unless it starts happening regularly (just a one-off so far).

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David Moore  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:35
Member (2007)
German to English
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IP addresses are repeated.... Feb 28, 2005

Armorel Young wrote:

Thanks for the explanations - I shall stop worrying unless it starts happening regularly (just a one-off so far).


Hi, Armorel,

It's happened to me (AOL server) literally dozens of times - mostly with three different contributors, but these are ALL IN Germany believe it or not (I didn't to start with!), BUT NOT ONE of them is within 180 km of me. One is in Würzburg, one in Kassel and one in Berlin, while I am in Braunschweig. Even more surprisingly, perhaps, is the fact that I have also had this message from France, Belgium and the Netherlands. So where does this leave the "local" theory??

Best, David


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