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R Farhat  Identity Verified
Lebanon
Local time: 10:03
Member (2004)
English to Arabic
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May 4, 2004

Dear ProZ,
On three occasions I answered a question on KudoZ and this message was shown by the system: "Your IP is similar to the Asker's. Moderator will be informed".
I emailed the moderator to bring his attention to this and because I am NOT the Asker, I am the Answerer. I do not know who the asker is but I know this can happen if he/she is in the same country and subscribing to the same Internet Service Provider. My local IP gives subscribers one public IP route or number. I am not much aware of technical things. Just wanted to confirm that I am who I am! This leaves a bad impression!
Any way, I just found that the moderator had already deleted the questions! I happened to be in the same place at the same time.. same country (maybe), same website (proz), same time (around 12:20 GMT). whatelse or howelse can I prove that?!


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Giuliana Buscaglione  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 09:03
Member (2001)
German to Italian
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KudoZ squashed for repetition May 4, 2004

Hi,

The two KudoZ were squashed because they were a repetition (= same KudoZ posted twice). This is what I can read.

The fact that the IP numbers of asker and answerer are one and the same doesn't mean necessarily that asker and answerer are the same person.

Please contact your language pair moderator privately for further explanation.

Giuliana

[Edited at 2004-05-04 12:56]


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:03
English to German
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Questions were not squashed because of IP data May 4, 2004

Hi Kalila,
On three occasions I answered a question on KudoZ and this message was shown by the system: "Your IP is similar to the Asker's. Moderator will be informed".

This is a standard systems reaction which, in itself, does not trigger any reaction.

I emailed the moderator to bring his attention to this and because I am NOT the Asker, I am the Answerer. I do not know who the asker is but I know this can happen if he/she is in the same country and subscribing to the same Internet Service Provider. My local IP gives subscribers one public IP route or number. I am not much aware of technical things. Just wanted to confirm that I am who I am! This leaves a bad impression!

Not at all.
There have been cases where askers answered their own questions - the IP is but one of the parameters moderators and site staff look at, never the exclusive indicator.

Any way, I just found that the moderator had already deleted the questions!

Not quite. I had a quick look at your profile: the two most recently squashed questions were not squashed by a moderator, but by another member, because they were repetitions - nothing whatsoever to do with yourself.

I happened to be in the same place at the same time.. same country (maybe), same website (proz), same time (around 12:20 GMT). whatelse or howelse can I prove that?!

There's no need to do anything. If a moderator perceives a problem, he or she will contact you - but that doesn't appear to be the case here.

Hope that clarifies it.

Best regards, Ralf


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R Farhat  Identity Verified
Lebanon
Local time: 10:03
Member (2004)
English to Arabic
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Thank you! May 4, 2004

Thank you Giuliana and Ralf! Your explanations clarified it all. I had no idea about repetitions or squashing.
My best regards!


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