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XF 2.0 | Users Awaiting Approval Fields

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by Lone Wolf, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf Well-Known Member

    Currently the Users awaiting approval is very basic and doesn't make an Admins job any easier. I have my forum set to manual approval for each user which means that every time I approve a user I have to visit other pages to see if that user is possibly a spambot, a duplicate account or a banned user signing up again. This is what I usually do...

    1. Have a look at the name / email address to see if it looks spammy (approval page)
    2. Go to the user Account (edit user)
    3. Check the Homepage and About sections because many spammers fill these in (personal details)
    4. Check the signature because many spammers add a credit or link there too (profile info)
    5. Click the 'More Users' link in the IP address section to see if the IP matches existing or banned users (IP Addresses)

    This helps me filter out nearly every spammer and it's rare for any spammers or duplicate accounts to get past our Admins. However we've had days where we had 50+ users register in one day. Now that's a lot of times to repeat those 5 steps.

    Would it be possible with XF 2.0 for us to specify what information we want displayed on the 'Users Awaiting Approval' section? Perhaps the ability to add specific profile fields and 'more users' displayed by default.

    For example I would select the following info to be displayed for each account awaiting approval...
    • Username
    • Email Address
    • Homepage
    • Signature
    • About section
    • IP Address
    • More Users
    I could scroll down the Users Awaiting Approval page checking 'Approve' or "Reject' in one go and then pressing submit at the bottom.

    This would save Admins a lot of time and effort.
    maszd, Zachy, Fred. and 15 others like this.
  2. thedude

    thedude Well-Known Member

    Fyi, this could be put together as an add-on for your current needs, regardless if it gets implemented in the core software in the future.
    Goodfella likes this.
  3. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf Well-Known Member

    This sort of thing is better in the core, they're is an addon but it's not got the full functionality
    rafass likes this.
  4. rafass

    rafass Well-Known Member

    Good sugestion to make easier the manual approval. Very important in my opinion. Voted.
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  5. Dryline

    Dryline Member

    This is a great idea and is an enhancement our forum could make great use of. If this were taken on by the XF developers, I'd like to see a new radio button (with accompanying text box) for "Pending Additional Information " added to the core functionality. Our forum requires users to complete an essay to introduce themselves and tell us what they are looking for from our community. Routinely, new users overlook this requirement- even though it's in black and white in front of them - or write a five word sentence that just doesn't cut the mustard, but otherwise appear to have what we're looking for. Deleting and asking them to register again often drives them away never to be heard from again. If we could send them a notification to return and put more time and energy into their essay, it would make our lives much easier and improve our retention rates. Thanks for your time and consideration.
    Lone Wolf likes this.
  6. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    This is essential functionality for sites that approve all new registrations. We get thousands of new users per month and its simply not possible to use the current xenforo functionality for it. Currently 2000 new accounts are reviewed monthly by per moderator. With the stock xenforo functionality it will take at least 10 times as much time and effort to review new accounts. We would need ten times as many moderators on the task. Which is not an option.
    Lone Wolf likes this.
  7. Goodfella

    Goodfella Well-Known Member

    Good suggestion, which addon are you reffering to here?

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  8. Deceptive

    Deceptive Active Member

  9. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf Well-Known Member

  10. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    Of the accounts that do get flagged (most spam accounts are rejected outright by the spam filter), 95% are spammers that have a spammy link in their homepage field. Having the homepage field on the User Approval page would save a lot of steps.
    Alfa1 and AzzidReign like this.

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