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  • How to moderate posts and threads from new users.

    Today, we are seeing a larger portion of new users register on sites simply to post spam or to promote their own sites. This tutorial will give you the instructions on how to moderate new users until they receive a certain number of posts.

    Create a new group for your approved members.
    Admin CP -> Usergroups -> Add New Usergroup

    At the top it says "Create Usergroup Based off of Usergroup" in the dropdown choose Registered Usergroup and then click Go if necessary.

    In your new usergroup, you can change the name and description if you want.

    Scroll to the bottom and just above the save it will say "Create Permissions Based off of Usergroup". Choose Registered here. If you have no custom permissions for the registered usergroup or it says none, just click the save button.

    Setup a new Usergroup Promotion.
    Admin CP -> Usergroups -> Promotions
    Use these settings, where X is the number of approved posts that are required:

    Usergroup - Registered Users
    Reputation Comparison Type - Greater or Equal to
    Reputation Level - 0
    Days Registered - 0
    Posts - X
    Promotion Strategy - Posts
    Promotion Type - Primary Usergroup
    Move User to Usergroup - the group you created for approved members

    Run the scheduled task for Usergroup Promotions.
    Admin CP -> Scheduled Tasks -> Scheduled Task Manager
    Click the "Run Now" button to the right of the Usergroup Promotions task.

    Finally remove you need to adjust the permissions of the Registered Usergroup so their posts and threads are moderated. Go to the Usergroup Manager and edit the registered usergroup.
    Admin CP -> Usergroup Manager -> Registered Usergroup -> Edit Usergroup -> Go.
    Set "Follow Forum Moderations Rules" to No.

    Press Alt-S or click the SAVE button at the bottom of the form.

    You will need to check the moderation queue in your UserCP on a regular basis to approve or delete messages from new users. Your moderators also have access in their User CP.
    Last edited by Wayne Luke; Wed 2 Sep '09, 10:43am.
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