Thanks much, he had pretty much hijacked the CS forum with his spam and bad information.
Could you clarify about using multiple usernames? That would seem to open up a whole can of worms to me - such as skewing voting totals and posting in support of your own messages. Though you say that someone should not do that, if it is possible to do I have no doubt that it will be done.
As you know, I have one username for my private forum and another for the rest of CZ. If I want to post anonymously, which I have very, very seldom done, I can choose to post under one of the user numbers for those two IDs. Since all members can post as either their chosen ID or their number, it is a bit hard for me to see why they should be able to create and use multiple other numbers and I can only see it leading to problems.
It is your website and, as always, I will support and abide by what you wish. However, if it were up to me, I would make it a TOS violation to create multiple user names and ban anyone I caught doing so.
One name for a private forum and another for posting outside the forum is one thing, but I am concerned about the idea of having several usernames and really skewing the public forums - as has happened in the past. I have always been under the impression that doing that was not allowed and am of the firm opinion that it shouldn't be allowed.
In my particular instance, I already had an established presence as Dquixote1217 when I decided to accept the WM's invitation to have a private "Ask Tony Isaacs" forum and he offered me an option of changing Dquixote1217 to Tony Isaacs or else keeping two usernames. I decided to keep the Dquixote1217 ID to continue to use outside my private forum. Besides, my forum is a kinder gentler kind of place - whereas sometimes ol' Dquixote1217 can mount up on Rocinate and tilt at windmills.
I think it was a good decision to have the two names - though my best ecision was getting the forum title changed to add "Featuring Luella May". She is my Dulcinea and then some.