Brf wrote:So you are talking (referring) about some sort of extension, not something built into phpBB.
A combination of both phpBB native function and external management of email provided from the phpBB board and user responses.
In phpBB v-3.0.x when registration was set for completion by Admin, the registering user automatically received email notification from the phpBB server acknowledging that they had registered but that Admin had to activate the newly registered account. Respectively, the phpBB server sent an email to Admin notifying Admin that we needed to activate the account.
The email message that the phpBB server so sent to the registering user indicated that the user needed to reply to that email by confirming the information they had provided on registration.
Respectively, when the registering user replied to that email, that reply comes to our private in house email server (outside of and not related to phpBB)—that private email server is the same place phpBB sends our board's Admin email. Thus, when a new user registers on our phpBB forum, phpBB sends both the registering user and Admin an email message respective to that new registration. Then when the new user replies to that message Admin receives both that reply and the email that was automatically sent from the phpBB board regarding the new user. Accordingly, outside of phpBB, our private email server verifies the email from the newly registered user and Admin compares that reply to the data form phpBB regarding the new user. When the data verifies correctly the new user's account is activated. Though our email server can parse the registering user's reply, it takes robotic minded human interaction to execute the "link to activate the account" provided in the email that was sent by phpBB to our Admin.
Thus we have a robotic minded human that, a couple of times a day, runs the user email parsing system to keep user activations current.
Some of that procedure was initiated to eliminate Spammers; the old Spambot countermeasures were not working.
We only upgraded to phpBB 3.1.5 the last week of June 2015. And, because we have other servers running phpBB 3.0.x we didn't notice that we were not getting registration emailed messages from the phpBB forum that had been upgraded to v-3.1.5 until this week. Thus, when we could not find the reason we were no longer getting registration related email from our two upgraded phpBB boards, we posted our inquiry.
The registration process worked quite well set this way on phpBB v-3.0.x; and, we hope to get that functionality back using v-3.1.5.
If there is a better way [i.e.: more efficient way to: (1) verify the two-way effectiveness of registering users provided email addresses; (2) Keep spammers out; and, (3) transfer the new user's contact information including custom profile fields] to accomplish this, we would like to take advantage of it.
It is obvious that phpBB v-3.1.5 is far superior to the older version and we are just getting use to its incredible advantages; so, we welcome all of the insight you can provide.
Thanks again, for what you have already done.
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