mobile homeless wrote: Well, I'm back to report that I finally got around to installing User Shield. Your detailed post above was a big help and, ironically enough, I ended up using the advice in the quote instead of going with the manual install
The Easymod instructions were good, especially when combined with your reminders and pointers on the installation. I realized this was the most prudent method and can recommend it highly as a hassle-free approach if you follow the directions, which are near full-proof.
Very very pleased to hear this.
mobile homeless wrote: The User Shield mod installed without a hitch and was working immediately.
That was the plan. Really glad to see it did work out for you. Often, when using EasyMOD, other problems unrelated to User Shield are all of a sudden revealed, and the majority of user issues that I've dealt with in this thread have been such cases. I din't mention this when you observed:
mobile homeless wrote: I do full backups of my forum but probably not enough. I surely did one the other day before moving from 2.0.20 to .21. I had wanted to install EasyMod but to be honest, some of the problems in full view here left me feeling a bit leery, especially since my forum has been running without a hitch. I just didn't feel like jumping through a cavalcade of problem/error hoops.
... as I believe that my job is not to impose on you one method over another, but rather make sure that you are comfortable with the method you choose.
mobile homeless wrote: One question. Is it possible to make an inactive forum member with quite a few posts, profile visible if a member clicks on it or ventures into the memberlist? I have made him inactive but don't want it to seem like no one can see his profile as he has @3500 posts.
Check your pm's!
mobile homeless wrote: Again, thanks for the effort and the detailed instructions, outlining both the manual and Easymod approach.
You are most welcome and your confirmation does emphasize that with some preliminary work, and even though the installer has no MOD installation experience, it's well within anyone's reach to be successful, regardless of the method.
Note: Let me know if the pm answered your request.