Best way to ensure only one account per human?

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Hi there,

I am making an internet marketing business project and I need a way to make sure that only one account can be created per human.

Best way to do this in your opinion?

Thanks in advance,

Gary.
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  • Profile picture of the author brutecky
    You can never be 100% sure of this. In fact its unlikely you can be even 80% sure of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      I'm having a bit of trouble wondering why it would matter?

      As Brutecky said, and I agree, you can never be sure that only one account is being used by one person.

      What's to stop me from making an account, then my wife or a friend from making another account that I use?

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    Not possible and most likely not needed.
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  • Profile picture of the author GaryCarlyle
    Not needed? If it was not needed why would I be asking the question. It is needed. Surely somebody on WF has some idea how it may be possible? Please.

    I would accept 99.99% protection against fake accounts.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    My friend's forum is full of imposters, and to this day we still don't really know who has duplicate accounts.

    But just checking email address, IP address and the basics stops all but the most determined of trolls.
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    • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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      Originally Posted by brettb View Post

      My friend's forum is full of imposters,
      That's nothing.
      We've got people here pretending to be cats.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Whisonant
    Facebook has been trying to accomplish just that. But with all their resources and money they have not been able to do it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Patrick
    There are loads of tracking mechanisms which, while each only presents a small deterrent individually, together add up to a significant annoyance for people who want to create duplicate accounts online. Some of these are:

    - Phone verification
    - IP address tracking
    - Cookie tracking
    - Email verification
    - Government issued ID verification
    - Credit card verification
    - Etc.

    I'm sure there are quite a few more, but you get the idea. Now, the question is how many of these you are willing and able to implement. Each form of tracking deters regular users to some extent as well as duplicate account creators. Additionally, each form of tracking requires work on your part to implement.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    Originally Posted by GaryCarlyle View Post

    Hi there,

    I am making an internet marketing business project and I need a way to make sure that only one account can be created per human.

    Best way to do this in your opinion?

    Thanks in advance,

    Gary.
    You could use a social signin - LinkedIn or Facebook, for example. Nothing is 100% fool-proof, but it's a lot more of a hassle to create convincing FB and LinkedIn pages and sign in and out of them just to make a point on a forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    Charge them to join. Nobody wants to pay twice.


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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      In the face of a determined duplicate, accuracy to within two 9s is highly impractical. Four 9s is close to impossible.

      More to the point, anything that even attempted to get close to two 9s would be so intrusive as to chase off virtually all of your potential legitimate members.


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    • Profile picture of the author dalegolden
      Originally Posted by rondo View Post

      Charge them to join. Nobody wants to pay twice.
      Nobody also wants to pay to get registered at a site which is not very popular like this forum. This is not a good option I think.
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    • Profile picture of the author ronrule
      Originally Posted by clockstore View Post

      You can track ip adress to ensure only one account per human.
      People jump between their phones, desktops, and tablets so the same person can legitimately have multiple IP addresses. Likewise, if more than one person is in the same office or location there can be two people coming from the same IP depending on how it's routed. Plenty of times when I've been up at a local bar with two or 3 other WarriorForum members and we all sign in.

      I say if you're starting a forum, EMBRACE the dupes - getting forum traffic is hard. If people are going to create multiple accounts, it makes your forum look bigger which will encourage its use. Figure out how to deal with the dupes later.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
    Can you give a little more information as to WHY this is important to the project? Maybe if people had more perspective they'd be more inclined to help you find a solution.

    Originally Posted by GaryCarlyle View Post

    Hi there,

    I am making an internet marketing business project and I need a way to make sure that only one account can be created per human.

    Best way to do this in your opinion?

    Thanks in advance,

    Gary.
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  • Profile picture of the author createyouwealth
    It is not possible to guarantee one account per human. It is just not a realistic way of looking at things.
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  • Profile picture of the author EllenMoore
    Originally Posted by GaryCarlyle View Post

    Hi there,

    I am making an internet marketing business project and I need a way to make sure that only one account can be created per human.

    Best way to do this in your opinion?

    Thanks in advance,

    Gary.
    I don't know if it helps, but, in order to make sure the same person cannot claim the free sample I am offering for my content business twice, I set up a 1 cent fee. This way, I can recognize them by their PayPal address and personal details.
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  • Profile picture of the author GaryCarlyle
    It is actually for a Bitcoin type business. The value of the currency would come from the finite number of humans alive. Sounds far fetched but so did a digital currency created by graphics cards. =)
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  • Have them register in person, and have someone watch while they register. Compare pictures of their face against a database so they don't attempt to come in and register twice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt59000
    Use phone verification and passport verification
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  • Profile picture of the author GaryCarlyle
    Some good ideas. It would not be easy to make a 100% unshakable system but my idea may rely on one, or close to it. As soon as it got going somebody would hack it as a way to undermine it in the eyes of the public.
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