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IP address is your internet address where you sit in front of your computer. We do keep that in a database for our and everybody's protection. When(not if) we get hit by attackers, we will hopefully be able to stop the attacks better because we know where they came from and have the trolls to block them from doing damage.
We have several layers of protection on the site now for your and our protection.