Brogan, that worked well, thank you. How can I also make it so that for the first 5 posts people cannot posts links, make a signature, post stuff on their profile, etc? I notice spammers sometimes immediately post a link for their website soon as they join.
Have a little issue I am trying to figure out how to get around.
Say someone is in this promoted member group after they get their certain amount of posts, and then we put them on "moderator que" because they are doing bad stuff or whatever, does the "promoted member promotion" have to be manually deleted? Because if not, once the cron runs again they are given posting rights back. Hoping there is a way to get around having to go into the ACP and manually remove the promotion.
You need to set up a usergroup to "revoke" that permission. We do that on our forum. The first few posts are thrown into moderation until we determine their usage pattern is not a spammer or troll, then they can post normally. If they are marginal, we often revoke that permission with a separate usergroup so that future posts go back to the moderation queue.