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Mass deleting users

#1
I just got the forum software back from installation but now we have around 800 spam users in the system.

To my chagrin I noticed you can't list say 500 users at one page and select them all and then just click on checkbox of those that I do not want to delete.

I think this is pretty basic functionality so I am probably missing something here.

How can I list the users, select them and then delete selected and all their posts?
 

Jake Bunce

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#2
http://xenforo.com/community/resources/dealing-with-forum-spam.980/

XenForo currently lacks the ability to mass delete users. But there are some other options such as mass banning. From the above link:

5) Here is a query to mass ban all users who registered between two dates:

http://xenforo.com/community/thread...d-accounts-by-certain-date.35697/#post-405829
Spam stuff is planned for a future update. In the meantime that link has all spam information compiled into one place.
 
#3
Was wondering if the option to mass delete members was in the works. Now that forum spam is so common, i would think this would be a great feature to have.
I have 4000 spam bot members. I have 1000 regular members.
I guess the only option I have is creating a new forum and having the members re-signup... kinda a pain....

Matthew
 

Jake Bunce

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#4
I find that deleting spam accounts is not a good practice. They will just re-register, and in some cases freeing up their username again can prompt them to re-register. Just ban the spammers instead. XenForo effectively hides banned users on the forum, so they don't affect the member count or member list.

But I get the impression that various "mass" tools may be part of 1.2:

http://xenforo.com/community/thread...nt-delete-its-threads.9743/page-2#post-285666
 
#5
If you use XenUtiles along with all 3 website API's spammers are no threat at all. Since I installed it about 3 months back not 1 spammer has managed to sign up, from around 3,000 sign-up attempts. :)