Well, I don't post to the threads some of those people under multiple names wreaked havoc on, but from my personal experiences on other threads with one, I thought their posts sounded very alike... I'm not sure that I have very good instinct about such things, but I defintely read posts, and see the personal writing style of the person posting. I think I judge people fairly well. These people who post under different names after being suspended or banned, can't stop causing trouble because they have issues, which is why they got in trouble in the first place. To shut up, and be quiet is something they don't know how to do. This brings up the importance of being polite and aware of others and their rights online and off, to respect other's viewpoints and not be judgemental or negative towards others. That's something that it is very important to me, and I try to be aware of others.
As for phonies online, and giving out information, this site is no doubt safer than many other places on the internet, where it is more random, and users don't have to contribute anything of a serious nature, which makes it harder to know them, and what they are about. Reading someone's posts are instructive. Not that any site is immune to those who are up to no good. We are a community here, and I trust people unless their posts or general behaviour in the forum indicates otherwise, like these suspended/banned users. I think it's always better to be safer than sorry though, as the old saying goes. I would give out information if I trusted the person, and I love to meet people who share my interests online, because there's nobody around me to discuss the Romanovs with. Generally, if their messages and posts and emails indicate nothing to hide, and you have no sense anything is wrong( inuition is important), I would trust them. You can always tell, I think, when somthing is off. Based on reading these banned/ suspended user's posts, I would never have trusted them. You can't hide who you essentially are forever.