Expire Unactivated Users by Timeframe

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Expire Unactivated Users by Timeframe

Post by Extensions Robot » Fri Sep 29, 2006 12:06 am

Modification name: Expire Unactivated Users by Timeframe
Author: harknell
Modification description: Deletes unactivated users from the forum memberlist based on a timeframe since their unactivated registration. Designed to eliminate spammers.
Modification version: 2.0.1
Tested on phpBB version: See below

Download file: expire_unactivated_201.zip
File size: 7132 Bytes

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Post by ycl6 » Sat Nov 04, 2006 2:17 pm

MOD Validated/Released

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An admin tool to manage inactive users.

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Post by harknell » Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:50 pm

Thank you for validating the mod. I hope this helps out to keep the numbers of spam accounts down for everyone, I use it on my site everyday.
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Post by Roks » Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:52 pm

Thanks for this must have MOD.

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Post by Millennyum » Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:26 am

Sounds good. Can you provide a screenshot?
Does it automatically delete accounts, or does it just list them?
Is it possible to set the time frame to 4 months?
And what about members that have been banned? They appear as 'unactivated' accounts as well. Does the mod look whether posts have been made with the account?

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Post by killyouall » Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:17 am

by any chance does it list the names so you can post them in a forum or maybe even post in in a forum automaticaly so that way people know whose been removed

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Post by harknell » Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:37 am

As it is set currently the mod simply deletes any accounts that were created but never activated based on how long ago you set the timeframe. The maximum timeframe right now is set to one month, but it can easily be set to any time frame by adding a new select statement in the code. If there is enough call for it I can release a 1.1 version with extended timeframes.

The current method for the tool is simply to check if the account was ever activated by checking the date when they activated it. I checked and this is not affected by banning. I can't see that being an issue with the way the mod is written.

I *could* set it so it shows you a list of people who are going to be deleted, but unless my experience is vastly different than most admins for forums, most people who don't activate their account on my board in a reasonable amount of time aren't ever going to. If someone hits a snag they'll need to contact you anyway to get validation (if for some reason the email doesn't reach their email account) so that's covered also by just making them an account. If you want to give people a longer time to register (i honestly always use immediate as my timeframe) then a day or a week is probably good enough. If there is a general desire to see a list of those who will be deleted before it deletes the accounts I can add that into a 1.1 version--But in my experience you propably don't want to auto list most of the names since they tend to be drug names, sex names, or crappy fake names.

Here are some screenshots:
First, this is the actual selection screen. It's a simple drop down box to select the timeframe.
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Next you can see where it adds the tool to the admin area. It shows up under the User admin area:
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Post by catweazle69 » Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:17 am

Thx for this great mod, harknell. :wink:

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Post by Fractal » Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:58 pm

thanks. seems to work well, however,
it would be appreciated to have an option to have this done automatically, like once every several days.

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Post by harknell » Sat Nov 11, 2006 2:44 pm

Automation....hmmmm, I'm not sure how to directly go about automating a process like this. Nothing in phpbb actually "runs" as such to hook into.

Are any functions set to do something on a periodic basis without user input?
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Post by Fractal » Sun Nov 12, 2006 12:04 am

yeah, i thought something like that would be said :)
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Post by observe » Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:57 pm

I just would like the author confirms that this mod will not work on users (yet activated) who simply does not connect to the forum. They will not be deleted.
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Post by harknell » Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:14 am

The mod is designed to only delete users who register but never actually activate their accounts. If a user registers, then clicks the registration link in the email they receive, they won't be affected and won't be deleted even if they never actually log in to their account. Most spammer bots simply register but don't activate their account--all they care about is placing their website or other spamming stuff into the memberlist. Most times they don't even use a legitimate email address.

BTW, a 1.1 version of this mod is in the works to not only expand the timeframe of how long ago you can set the expire time (I'm adding new increments up to one year) but to also correct a possible issue with temporarily deactivated user accounts being incorrectly affected.

I should have a fix plus an updater in a few days.
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Post by bonelifer » Mon Nov 13, 2006 2:04 am

Technically common.php is well COMMON to most things phpBB. So technically an automated approach could be done by calling(including) a file from common.php.
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Post by visiaa » Mon Nov 13, 2006 5:07 am

thanx for the mod, its a really good mod and reqd too
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