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Over Christmas (Dec 26th, 2006 to be precise) I experimented a little with extracting geographical information from poster's IP numbers.
Yes, I do and have always stored the IP numbers of posters. I think every standard message board software would do that. It makes it a lot easier to administrate the postings, e.g. to move all posts made by a certain person on a certain day to a separate page.

The IP number is stored but never displayed on the site.

The IP number can be used to make a guess where the poster is from. In almost all cases it actually means information on the user's ISP. For example my home IP number is
If you plug this number e.g. - into a web site like, then you will find out that I am located in San Francisco, California. This is not exact though. My ISP - SBCYahoo DSL - has a hub there. I live about 70 miles south of San Francisco, in a different county.

My thought was that it would be interesting to see where every poster is writing from. So I downloaded the freely available database "MaxMind - GeoLite Country | Open Source IP Address to Country Database" and added it into this site.
I displayed next to each poster the city, state (region) and country where they seemed to be from, together with a little flag.

I did get an email from an unhappy user, who voiced privacy concerns. I had not realized that in some cases, the database could be fairly accurate - in this person's case it had correctly guessed a small town (where he lives in).

So I removed this functionality again.

What do you users think? Would you find it interesting to see geographic information displayed? I could make it an option - like a checkbox

"Yes, display 'xxx' as my geographic information"

Where xxx would be whatever the database suggests. The default should probably be 'unchecked'.

If I get no replies at all, I will not further spend time on this.

UPDATE: (January 10th, 2007)

when you post, you can now choose to display city and country, or just the country or hide your geographical information alltogether.

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2008-12-16, 07:22:01
anonymous from Indonesia  
hi... yes i am from Bandung, Indonesia. I want to say a lot about the scam but it is not easy for me because of my english very bad. I have a once fall a victim about scammer. So i always to try for find the information about it. I am afraid because of the scammer what to do.
regard from me on Bandung.
2008-12-16, 22:21:50 from San Jose, United States  
Have you seen this girl, Mebel Kofi, Melbourne, Austalia, lately of Accra, Ghana. All IP addresses lead back to West Chester, PA, Emeryville, CA

new IP search Says Mt Laurel NJ,

2008-12-17, 00:31:19
anonymous from China  
'THAT' girl is Melissa Midwest, Porn star. If you had spent any time searching the threads on this site you would have many photos of this girl.
2008-12-21, 12:22:01
anonymous from United States  

2009-01-04, 13:37:40   (updated: 2009-01-04, 13:52:17)
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2009-01-04, 13:39:19
anonymous from Morocco
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Display of the poster's geographical information

2009-01-04, 13:40:58
anonymous from Morocco  

2009-01-04, 13:42:42
anonymous from Morocco  
parlo italiano espani farnc

2009-01-04, 13:46:15
anonymous from Morocco  

2009-01-04, 13:48:55
anonymous from Morocco  

2009-01-04, 15:02:45
anonymous from Morocco
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2009-01-08, 04:40:20
anonymous from Israel  
i51 old look like 45 i am anice looking men onnest sunny romantic communicative kind iam looking for serious relationship and would like to share my life with a reliable women smart women to create a family bay rafi from israel
2009-01-08, 04:45:01
to,all from Israel  
rafi from israel iam looking for serious relation witha reliable women
2009-01-14, 05:46:26
anonymous from India  
I am a guy from India and have received repeated mails from a girl from Senegal asking for help for transferring her funds to my country,I have also received mails from a bank and a lawyer from Senegal urging for sending money for the transfer.I am sure that all this is fraud and urge net users to be careful from these types of things.I have also checked about similar grievances by people in many sites.

Hence I request all web uers to be careful in the future.

2009-01-14, 09:30:05   (updated: 2009-01-14, 09:31:46)
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Track the IP address of your 'scammers' email on the website below and see if it tallies!


Most of mine originate from Moscow and it even provides a map!

Once you 'click' on the website link above, you can automatically check your own IP address details and see how accurate it is, compared to the one on this site (with your country flag by the side), which is seen in the yellow background, above, left!

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