sdw at lig.net
Mon Mar 19 15:20:17 PDT 2012
While I understand your goals of limiting abuse and trying to detect when this is a problem, I have a major issue with your article
limits and a minor issue with the IP address limits.
Although I rarely use the library, I sometimes review easily dozens or hundreds of articles in a short time while doing a deep dive
on a subject. While I often find most of those articles outside of IEEE, the assumptions behind your limits are flawed. Just last
year, while reviewing all current and past literature on machine vision and related topics, I reviewed something like 500 documents
in a couple weeks.
I typically only hit 2 or 3 IP addresses in a 24 hour period, but 5 is not out of the question. I often switch between home, 3G and
4G MyFi (separate networks, probably separate IPs), and multiple office networks, with and without proxies and VPN. With multiple
connections, short DHCP IP address leases, and VPN/proxy use, I could easily hit 10 IP addresses in a day.
If you want to say that going over those limits may cause attention to be paid to investigate possible abuse, that's fine.
Otherwise, the hard limits should be raised significantly.
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