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Which Member Approval Method?

Postby Kit Singleton » Fri May 23, 2008 4:07 pm

There are several ways in which new forum members can be approved. Here are a few:
  • Automatic approval
  • Double opt-in
  • Admin

Which one(s) do you use?

I usually use Admin but I do have a message board that is "invitation only."
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Postby KansasDragon » Wed May 28, 2008 7:18 am

Kit, I don't run a forum, but I'm curious. If you do admin approval, what happens when you're gone on vacation, or to a seminar, etc?

The forums I frequent most commonly have very active admin/owners, who are on the run and in high demand, i.e. Lynn Terry. If they waited for admin approval on every new user request, there would become a huge backlog of requests, unless they also have a backup to themselves.
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Postby Kit Singleton » Wed May 28, 2008 8:45 am

KansasDragon wrote:If you do admin approval, what happens when you're gone on vacation, or to a seminar, etc? If they (admins) waited for admin approval on every new user request, there would become a huge backlog of requests, unless they also have a backup to themselves.


Good question. There are several ways that the admin approval method can be used. These are the ones I am personally familiar with.

One way is when the site owner does the member approvals. This works well as long as the website is fairly new. Another way is to have someone with admin privileges (like a VA or business partner) do the approvals for the owner.

When I do this for my VA clients, I check the member notifications several times a day and approve members who meet the membership criteria. That leaves the forum/site owners time to do what they do best. ;)

As far as vacation or time off goes, everyone needs a backup!
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Postby Mel » Wed May 28, 2008 9:26 am

Double opt-in in my favorite because it cuts the admin time to a minimum and weeds out most of the spammers. That being said, I am a VA and have done it the admin way. It's more time consuming and there's more expense for the admin if they pay someone to do it but it also allows them to filter only those who meet their specific criteria for joining.
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Postby robert adams » Wed May 28, 2008 11:33 pm

depending on the forum software you are using and how you have it setup, there is usually no way to judge whether a prospective registrant meets any kind of membership criteria or not.

In most cases, if the board is setup correctly, there is no need for admin approval if the purpose is to keep out the spammers etc.

If using phpBB for instance, you can install a very simple MOD that will stop 100% of the spam registrations before they become members. That way, there is no reason for setting approval to "admin".


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Postby Mel » Thu May 29, 2008 9:09 am

True it will stop the spam registrations & you can set it up to block certain names or keywords, ip address, etc but if you put too many restrictions on it, it'll block legit people too.

However, some spammers are legit people and know how to squeak in under the radar. By manual approving them, we are able to check their url, profile details, email address and such. This helps eliminate about 98% of the non-bot spammers. For example, there is one "business opportunity" that we had loads of new members joining to just spam us with their opportunity. By checking new member profiles, we were able to eliminate those before they even got started.
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Postby Kit Singleton » Thu May 29, 2008 10:02 am

Uh huh...what Mel said.
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