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Can you ban IPs from registering, but not viewing the forums?

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  • Can you ban IPs from registering, but not viewing the forums?

    We've seen a sharp increase in spammers registering from Asia IP blocks that are getting past the truetype image validation and using gmail accounts. They are the same style.. all 'sympathy spammers' where one account posts a question.. and a second account posts a reply to the question with a URL to the site they are pumping.

    The question is.. can I prevent users from certain IP blocks from REGISTERING, while still allowing users from those IP blocks to VIEW the site? Currently if I ban the IP block, valid users traveling outside the country complain they can't access the site. I only want to block new registrations from those APIC ranges, not viewers.

    Is this possible?

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    This is not a function in vBulletin. You'd require a bit of custom code or a plugin. I recommend you search or ask for help with this on
    Best Regards
    Colin Frei

    Please don't contact me per PM.


    • #3
      Go to
      Do a search for "Prevent certain time zone registration".

      It does the job.


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