Actually, that is one of the primary uses of VPNs, and in my experience it is the most common use of VPNs these days, with legitimate security concerns being a distant second, and traditional VPN use (like how I connect to work) being an even more distant third.
The vast majority of users accessing the SDMB from a VPN are spammers. Our worst spammers (the live streaming crap) use VPNs left right and sideways. They keep finding new VPNs to use, which is why we can’t IP ban them and we have to play whack-a-mole instead.
The second largest group of VPN users here is socks and trolls.
There is also a fairly small group of regular users who use a VPN to access the SDMB.
From what I’ve seen elsewhere on the net, this is fairly typical of VPN use. The two biggest uses of VPN on the net in general are spamming and file sharing (games and videos mostly - Game of Thrones apparently tops the video list).
Surprisingly, yes. We’ve had that happen. More than once.
Personally, I would prefer to be able to discuss the legal aspects of VPNs. The problem is that when I’ve tried to allow those types of threads, it hasn’t gone well. If you say don’t discuss X, there are some people here who will imply things about X and won’t technically discuss X, but will weasel their way around the rules to get their point across. If that hadn’t happened, I would still allow discussions about legal uses of VPNs.
In short, I tried it your way, and it didn’t work.
As the saying goes, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. I’m not eager to try it again.