I have indeed read through the complete post and including your replies. I understand and appreciate what has been said.
Both Darien and myself, as users of the OSSN system as admins, agree that an IP logging system, as a component, is required.
I cannot speak for Darien, but I myself am not a developer with the skillset of an OSSN developer, changing a few PHP lines or text here and there does not make me one.
The gist I have been getting from these pages is that this site/page is not an introduction to programming or how to write PHP scripts and I would not expect it to be. However, Darien’s request…..as with mine…..is clear. Can the developers, any developer, with the skillset beyond mine in the first instance, write an IP logging system as a component….The answer apparently is YES, they can and time and “other duties” with this site/page/forum aside, it is appreciated that it cannot be turned out at will without full consideration.
I do not think we are asking HOW TO write one, for as I have said previously, in the weeks since Darien first made the request, I have written a set of PHP scripts, outside of OSSN and not as a component, to get and record the IP/Proxy/VPN, and with a lookup to a free Lookup service API, obtain the ISP, city, country, Lat, Long and other information. We then, as admins only, use that to the Google maps API to display an approximate location, based upon the IP/ISP information obtained. I can, of course update the OSSN_USERS table but I opted to save the information outside of OSSN and in a separate table.