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(Spam?) User Awaiting Approval -- What To Do

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by LT Jennifer, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. LT Jennifer

    LT Jennifer Member

    I just got an alert ...

    Users Awaiting Approval
    Willie (lmn2m6w@dispostable.com)
    Yesterday at 3:07 PM
    Spam Log:
    • StopForumSpam matched (username: 441, ip: 1)
    • Do nothing
    • Approve
    • Reject and delete with rejection reason:
    What is the best practice for this situation? Simply reject it outright or investigate further?

  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    If it's just a username match I typically allow it.

    If it has any other matches such as IP or email, then I reject.
  3. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    You just have to look at each user awaiting approval as they occur and determine from the information provided if they are legitimate or not.

    This one only matches by username, so it could be legitimate (less so on my forums as I specifically request that they register using their PlayStation Network username).

    In this sort of case, I'd also look at the email address and IP address.

    Firstly, dispostable is a disposable email address (Google it) so that's a warning for me. Secondly the IP address is from the Ukraine (click it to see). So for my forum at least I'd be rejecting this one.
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  4. n00bsaibot

    n00bsaibot Well-Known Member

    @Martok 's assessment is dead on, imo. I don't think Willie has your best interest at heart:LOL:
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  5. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    When in doubt, throw 'em out.
  6. LT Jennifer

    LT Jennifer Member

    All right then, he's out of here, but I have a question:

    From the OP: "StopForumSpam matched (username: 441, ip: 1)"

    Does the "ip: 1" part indicate an IP match?

  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, it means the IP address was reported to the SFS database x time(s).

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