I wanted to visit this for my own understanding. I have read every thread in Forum Information -> General Topics (I think I have anyway) back to 2011 and I can't seem to find a statement of your policy on this subject. Might be here and I missed it, and if so it wouldn't be the first time. LOL! I realize the importance of avoiding spam and such, and to some extent monitoring IP's can be an effective tool. I Admin and Mod at a couple of private sites so I have understanding of IP settings in the software as pertains to site Mgmt and staff visibility of the same. Would you please consider making an "official" comment as to how you are handling IP's in the background of this site, as well as your database backups? Specifically during log-ins and member postings made. In my case if you retained IP's, you would have many hundreds since I use TOR. I suspect I am not the only member here that would be interested in your answer.