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Spam Cleaner Doesn't Change Usergroup?

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting and Problems' started by cmeinck, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    I've been making use the Spam Cleaner and just now noticed that it doesn't change the User Group to Banned. The account shows that it's banned at the top right, but the User Group drop down menu stays at Registered. Without edits, the spam links still appear in the signature. (I've edited my templates so that guests/search engines don't see the links).

    Is this normal?

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  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    That's correct, the Spam Cleaner doesn't move members into a different group.
  3. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Banning is separate from user groups.
  4. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Just out of curiosity, aside from the obvious benefits (not needing extra set of groups/permissions, etc), were there any other reasons you decided to use this method?
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Not sure if Mike's around still but essentially, there's no outward indication that a member has been banned.

    Their user title stays the same and, if they have a high enough post count, they will still appear in the highest posting members block.

    Of course there's nothing to stop anyone from manually changing the user title, or even moving them to a specially created Banned usergroup with a higher styling priority.

    If you want to remove them from the highest posting list then you can change their status to Awaiting Approval.
  6. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    I've been curious as well. In vb there is the banned state and the banned user groups as far as I know. I know one person that has vb3.8 usergroup #23 set up for the banned group and it works fine.

    Titles, permissions, etc could be handled either way.
  7. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    I'd like to see banished members moved to a Banned user group. Let's say that a spammer PM spams and one member reports it. In vB, that member would be banned immediately. Now others who come across the PM spam would see their status as a banned user.

    On the subject on banning, shouldn't their signature/homepage/information be automatically removed or made not visible upon banning.

    Take this example. I've banned this user, yet his spam links all remain.

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  8. MYstIC G

    MYstIC G Active Member

    Same cmeinck while I understand
    As a logic, since we can't apply conditions to members that match "Banned" then as admins we're stuck with straight deleting which isn't always the best plan.

    I've raised this before but it seems to be getting overlooked: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/banned-users-still-in-members-list.11898/
  9. Sim

    Sim Well-Known Member

    I created a new forum the other day. My very first user (before I had even had a chance to finish setting things up), was a signature spammer (user who registers with multiple links to drug websites in their signature).

    I banned them using the spam cleaner, but they still show up in the members list (at the top since there are no other users yet!!), and clicking on their profile shows their signature, completely with spam links!!

    This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed by the core software - if a spam user is banner, we need to remove all reference to that user - especially their home page and signature from their profile that contain the spam links!!
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  10. MYstIC G

    MYstIC G Active Member

    It's stupid now that these issues continue to be ignored.
  11. D.O.A.

    D.O.A. Well-Known Member

    From my moderators point of view, it would be easier if they could clearly see that this person has been moved into a banned group from the users forum profile or usergroup. I can understand that.
  12. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    1.1. Beta 4 now has the option of automatically adding banned members to a usergroup.

    Banned profiles are also unavailable to everyone except administrators.

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