XF 1.4 New users with common usernames go into moderated queue


Well-known member
I'm a bit frustrated because this has happened a lot:

A new user signs up. Because the number of members on my forum isn't yet too big, a lot of the common usernames are still available (bob, lisa, peter, jeremy ...). Unfortunately, these names are also associated with spammers in the StopForumSpam database, and therefore end up in the moderated queue. It can be hours before I get to the queue, and by that time legitimate may have lost interest.

I think I would prefer if this feature didn't consider usernames, only email and IP addresses, but there appears to be no option for this. :(


XenForo moderator
Staff member
You can try increasing the number of flags required to trigger moderation.

Otherwise you may have to disable it.


Well-known member
Yes, that would remove the problem, but would also significantly reduce the effectiveness of the user registration anti-spam features.

The username just isn't as good a warning flag as are the email and IP addresses.