You are new here, so here is serious answer before you get flamed:
1- Ban on all HUDs and any software while playing
While this idea is semi-reasonable there are two main objections:
-it's very difficult/impossible to enforce; people smart enough will get around it getting huge advantage over the field
-it would lead to less overall volume (see 2nd point)
Also there is another point. Poker is competitive game and as in chess/bridge/go/stock market doing your research is vital part of it. Actually many people enjoy this aspect o the game. It's science part of it, something which makes training/improving possible. It's huge magnet to those areas - you can improve if you are dedicated.
A 4 table limit per player per session
While this would be fantastic for most players (and even for most pros) it would lead for less overall volume and higher winrates = bad for the sites so not gonna happen.
3- Random seat assignments
Play ZOOM/RUSH or use table starter.
4- Restrictions on access to HH- only to investigate issues of cheating with a formalized investigatory process. Not for the purposes of studying opponents, analyzing play, or datamining.
This is the same as 1. People smart enough would easily get around it (generating HH's on the fly while hand is played using separate computer so it's not detectable) gaining huge advantage. Besides reviewing your hh's and/or analysing the games is fun.
5- Segregating players by win rate and stakes
You can do that but such regulations cause poker to lose it's huge appeal: possibility of making a killing/becoming a pro; you may just as well play roulette.
Play under real name, IP verification, no VPNs
-Many people want to play anynomously.
-"IP verification" isnt' possible in many countries where majority of people get different IP every session from their ISP's
-Playing under your real name in a casino is one thing, playing on the internet where everybody, including your family/friends/enemies/neighbours, could see your results/habits/swings isn't really appealing for many people.
I get your sentiment. You are right to some extent - recreational players are at bad position these days, especially in predatory environment of standard ring games where they have no chance of playing vs other recreational players (so they have better opponents on average than pros). The solutions are many. Best two are:
Last edited by punter11235; 05-31-2013 at 11:59 AM.