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    How do I effectively ban a user?


    The best way is to ban both his IP address and his email address in the Options area of the control panel.
    If the member uses a dynamic IP address (ie it changes every time he logs on) then you will have to either ban each IP he uses, or ban the whole subnet (eg 1.2.3.*).

  • #2
    You can NEVER fully ban someone. If you ban his ISP, then you ban other members too.

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    • #3
      I had the same problem - apparently, when I banned the email, they were still able to post, so I checked on that as well as took away all of their forum rights under their permissions. He had an IP that changed, but I think we were able to resolve the banning issue.

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      • #4
        you can't really limit some person's entrance to your forum unless you close the registration... if there is a way for someone to register, the average persistant cyber vandal will try to use it...

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        • #5
          Another, quite effective, way to get rid of someone:
          Set him to Usergroup "COPPA User awaiting email confirmation"

          He won't be able to post and will have a little trouble to register with a new nickname

          This is, of course, not a ban and won't prevent someone who really wants to disturb your forums - but it's working good for us.

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          • #6
            We have a persistent user who kept changing his hotmail address each time I banned him. Finally, I banned his IP address and that kept him out for a few weeks. Now he's back and claims to have an "IP blocking" program which allegedly prevents the vBulletin software from "seeing" the real IP he's coming from and thus letting him in.

            I thought of setting his permissions to prevent him writing to each forum but that won't help if he can get in again under a new name/address etc.

            Any ideas?

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            • #7
              You're only real option is to ban the free email accounts, i.e., hotmail.com, yahoo.com, etc. After a while he'll get tired and will go away.
              Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
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              • #8
                Yes, my original intention to was ban free accounts - until I discovered that nearly 80 per cent of our club's supporters use hotmail.

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                • #9
                  You could always use this as a temporary ban until the moron tires and goes to play in someone else's sandbox. It's either that or continue banning each new email address he uses to register with.
                  Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
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                  Steve Machol Photography


                  Mankind is the only creature smart enough to know its own history, and dumb enough to ignore it.


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                  • #10
                    Smachol - You've given me an idea. If I were to ban hotmail addresses it would not affect those already signed on, would it?

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                    • #11
                      No, it won't affect current members - just any new registrations.
                      Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
                      Change CKEditor Colors to Match Style (for 4.1.4 and above)

                      Steve Machol Photography


                      Mankind is the only creature smart enough to know its own history, and dumb enough to ignore it.


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                      • #12
                        Thanks.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by smachol
                          You're only real option is to ban the free email accounts, i.e., hotmail.com, yahoo.com, etc. After a while he'll get tired and will go away.
                          Sorry to sound so dumb but can you please show me how to do this? A detailed instruction would be nice.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by grace819
                            Sorry to sound so dumb but can you please show me how to do this? A detailed instruction would be nice.
                            Admin CP -> vBulletin Options -> Banning Options -> Email addresses to ban -> yahoo.com hotmail.com
                            Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
                            Change CKEditor Colors to Match Style (for 4.1.4 and above)

                            Steve Machol Photography


                            Mankind is the only creature smart enough to know its own history, and dumb enough to ignore it.


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by smachol
                              Admin CP -> vBulletin Options -> Banning Options -> Email addresses to ban -> yahoo.com hotmail.com
                              Thank you.

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