187 votesAnonymous responded
This poses a couple of hard problems. We’ll look for feedback on these points in comments before declining.
1) IPs change. A lot. A broadcaster might lose a significant portion of their audience, and viewers might get confused if there are a lot of banned IPs (such as universities).
2) System load. Looking up a enormous list of IPs to see who is allowed to watch on every single video play is an enormous system load I’m not sure we’re willing to take on.
3) Support costs. “Why can’t I watch X/Y/Z, I don’t know who they are” would come up. Our support isn’t free, and we’d like to be able to focus on issues like passwords, bugs, etc.Mel In The Box supported this idea ·
An error occurred while saving the commentMel In The Box commented
My ex comes into my stream every single time and is extremely abusive and makes threats towards myself, my co-streamers (usually my boyfriend) and harasses my viewers via whispers every time he gets banned. He makes a new account and comes back again each time he gets banned. He has been reported on numerous occasions by different people. Yesterday he posted my home address in my stream chat and was making vile threats of violence towards my other's half's little girl in my stream.
Let's get to my main point though, which is the fact that he uses a VPN so that his IP address can't be traced. He has openly admitted this as well. So basically, IP bans are ineffective for those who use a VPN. That's why a lot of people use them.
FYI the person who I am talking about is Psychosocialite on Twitch (his main account) and he is a VERY nasty piece of work and likes to think himself untouchable.