Nomad of Norad wrote:
Well, a simple way around that problem is do what I've done with my board: set it so people cannot get to the memberlist without first logging in. Couple that with not listing a not-yet-validated user as "newest user" and setting it so that imbedded pictures in messages aren't shown until you've logged in, and that will likely fix their little red wagons...
Personally, I'm hoping there will be a describe-to-the-board-why-you-deserve-to-be-here field provided as a standard option, coupled with a separate flag for it. That is, you validate your account by clicking the URL sent to you in email when you create the account, but there's a another flag that must be set by the moderator(s), based on his evaluation of the deserve-to-be-here question, before that user can post or otherwise participate in the board.
I'm guessing that that sort of thing would be added via a mod, though...
field would be great because I've considered sending emails to any registrations who's conformation email doesn't bounce and there is absolutely no information in the profile other than the user name and email address. At one time that seemed to be a fairly safe way to know it wasn't a spam account, but not anymore. You can't trust accounts that don't have spam links anymore. Another way to do it would be to make different fields in the registration form be mandatory. Real users would know what the forums are all about where a spambot wouldn't so if a user didn't enter something that would make you believe that they belonged there then they wouldn't get access.
Yeah, that's why I want the feature on my current forum. Trouble is, the one mod I came across that added this isn't EasyMOD compliant. At least, it wasn't last time I tried to install it. I decided, then, that I'd simply wait until the next major revision of phpBB came out, since it's supposed to fix scads of spam problems... and I'd already run myself ragged adding other anti-spam mods to my system, and was still getting spammers... so I finally stopped fiddling with my system.
But, then, my board isn't very active right now (in fact, all I'm GETTING is a steady trickle of spammers...
)so there's no real problem with waiting right now, anyway...
I'll probably start buying banner ads and stuff for my forum on other sci-fi related sites once the new system comes along. (My site is dedicated to ongoing space-adventure stories where the users actually write themselves
into the story, and whatnot.... I used to love doing that sort of thing on the old dial-up BBSs, and decided to do something like that again online.)
Well, if new users' about-this-user pages cannot be spidered/browsed (except by logged-in moderators) until they're validated, then that will solve this problem.
I can see only a couple of good reasons for having a user list. First would be if it were a very small family type board and second would be if it were only viewable by the mods and owner. That's just the way I see it though.
I guess it's a matter of taste and opinion, though. Mind you, so long as spiderbots can't get to the user pages (because they don't have an account and aren't logged in), there's no way a spammers' links on his/her/its user page can get picked up by the search engines, which pretty much kills one of the big reasons for the spammers to do this stuff: getting their URLs link scores up. If the not-validated-yet users don't show up on the Memberlist, except to moderators, that fixes their little red waggons, too, because it means the regular users can't get to those links, and potentially click them, either.
I have no problem with signed-in users being able to peruse the Memberlist, provided the above issues are dealt with.