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why spammers / banned users show as active members ?

#1
Just moved 3rd forum from VB unfortunately with 11,500 spam accounts (thanks to broken reCapcha).
By spam accounts I mean 0 posts and links in profile pages.

I managed to ban some of them but they still show up in member list.
My questions:

  1. What is the logic behind keeping spammer's accounts in active memberlist?
  2. How can I manage simple task as listing users with 0 posts and deleting them at once? (some of this 11,500+ members are not banned but they have 0 posts)
  3. How I can delete all banned accounts at once from banned user list?
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#5
From the FAQ:

Why do banned users still show as normal members and appear in the member list?
This is the designed behavior; there is no outward indication that a member has been banned. Their user title stays the same and they will still appear in the members list. If required, you can manually change a banned member's user title, or create a user group with a higher display styling priority and add them to it. To prevent them from appearing in the members list you can change the user state to anything other than valid.

http://xenforo.com/community/threads/frequently-asked-questions.5183/#post-180445

It's not possible to mass delete user accounts.
 
#6
From the FAQ:

Why do banned users still show as normal members and appear in the member list?
This is the designed behavior; there is no outward indication that a member has been banned. Their user title stays the same and they will still appear in the members list. If required, you can manually change a banned member's user title, or create a user group with a higher display styling priority and add them to it. To prevent them from appearing in the members list you can change the user state to anything other than valid.

http://xenforo.com/community/threads/frequently-asked-questions.5183/#post-180445

It's not possible to mass delete user accounts.
This is all great but why I'm forced to keep over 10K+ users (!spambots) with 0 posts and links in their profiles leading to porn and viagra sites? Where is the logic behind spam cleaning feature if I can't clean my own member list in one easy process (filter / select / delete)?

Moving those users around or hiding them, doesn't fix the issue. Deleting them do.
 

Blue

Well-known member
#13
From the FAQ:

Why do banned users still show as normal members and appear in the member list?
This is the designed behavior; there is no outward indication that a member has been banned. Their user title stays the same and they will still appear in the members list. If required, you can manually change a banned member's user title, or create a user group with a higher display styling priority and add them to it. To prevent them from appearing in the members list you can change the user state to anything other than valid.

http://xenforo.com/community/threads/frequently-asked-questions.5183/#post-180445

It's not possible to mass delete user accounts.
Is there anyway to add Banned as a User State?
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#16
Ah, I see.
You would need an add-on for that.

You can however search for banned users, if that was your intention.

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Or you can click on Banned Users in the sidebar menu on the left.
 

Blue

Well-known member
#19
But don't they still show in the member list unless you change the member state also? Or does banning alone keep them out of the member list? When I ban someone, other than their posts, I pretty much want them to disappear.