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 commentdeejay4am commented
IP Bans will not help to ban anyone, and will create more problems than they solve. Reset a router, use a new VPN, etc. will all give a new IP address.
Not to mention when entire Universities or ISPs get banned and channel moderators ignore the pleas of the innocent, thinking they've just banned one person, but in reality have banned an entire network because their public gateway uses one (or a handful of) IP addresses.
Your IP is not a phone number, and your public IP isn't even always yours alone.
128 votesdeejay4am supported this idea ·