This happens on practically every website on the internet but only admins can see it. Every forum post or contribution you make is usually stored together with your IP address, just to find the IP addresses that are causing trouble.
That is nothing new. IP addresses are recorded as a way of discouraging spam and abuse. So once someone has left a comment, you can do a reverse IP lookup and see their approximate location and more. HP can also block certain IP addresses.
is this a bug that i'm seeing other people's IP addresses if they post a comment to me and does that mean people see mine when i post on their hubs? if this is isn't a bug i won't want to post on anyone's hubs anymore. ((((
It's visible to the Hub author so that if someone is spamming or harassing the author via multiple identities, they can tell and then report that user. There's no way that the admins could monitor every comment on every Hub.
I will often get abusive comments from people on my hubs about Saudi Arabia (many of which I publish if they are not outright rude or contain foul language). They will often follow up from the same IP address supporting themselves as supposedly someone else! Having the IP address lets you see the games that some commenters play!
As far as I can recall a comment left on a hub has always displayed the IP address to the hub writer. I have been on HubPages for 3 years and have always wondered if that was a good or bad idea. I cannot say that I have noticed it elsewhere on the sites I visit.
As mentioned numerous times in this thread, only you, the author, can see this IP address. No need for concern. It is there for protection. I own various other websites myself that allow commenting and all the software allows this same feature. It IS fairly standard practice.
Ok thank you for your replies. I guess the good outweighs the bad as long as people are aware that their IP will be shown to the author of the hub, like you said IP's are visible to admins of web forums. I just wasn't aware of it here. So now I see that these hubs really are like our own little websites in that respect...I just wasn't thinking of them that way. Having gone through a battle with many others (and winning) in an online virtual community to outlaw IP gathering without consent, because it was used in a detrimental manner, left me a little gun shy I guess.
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