I noticed the IP addresses of a new party commenting on my Blog matched the home and work IP addresses of a friend of mine who also comments on my blog. I accused my friend of making phony comments as this new person. In disgust, I removed all comments from my blog originating from my friend and the new commenter. My friend was hurt and vehemently denies my accusations. I actually believe her, but I have lost a friend.
I thoroughly reviewed the support site and forums about this issue, and did not find any similar cases. The one thing I did note was information that gmail may not provide IP address information with emails from gmail accounts. For the record, the new party commenter did have a gmail address. If his comments to my blog came to WordPress without an IP address, is it possible a WordPress glitch assigned a default IP address from the nearest comment, which would have been my friend's?
I sent an official inquiry to support with all the particular comments, email addresses and IP addresses included. I received the following response from support. "I'm sorry, but we are unable to dig any deeper into the IP addresses attached to comments. On the surface, I would say that the comments simply came from the same computer (which is how an IP address is assigned). If you feel otherwise, however, unfortunately, I am unable to provide any further information on the IP addresses associated with these particular comments."
Sorry, in the interest of my friend's privacy, I am unable to provide the pertinent email addresses and IP addresses for this forum.
Please, has anyone else experienced this issue, or is there anyone with the technical savvy to speak on how WordPress logs comment IP addresses and handles gmail comments with masked IP addresses. It is too late to save a friendship, but I would like to know for my own peace of mind. Thank you.
The blog I need help with is bobbytoxic.wordpress.com.