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.
An error occurred while saving the commentBaleroc1 commented
I'm happy this was never implemented. This can be very easy to abuse - very quickly too. Some users will be able to maliciously use VPN to ban people they don't like.
What if the user had a VPN for the streamer's IP address? Can the streamer ban himself from viewing his own stream?
What if a user finds out a mods IP address, and gets them banned by adding their IP address to the VPN?
It can be abused - and when something has no solution, it is best left alone.