In german we say „Wer lesen kann, ist klar im Vorteil“ (Them who reads, clearly has an advantage). Unfortunately, in these busy times, one often doesn't read everything in detail, but only cross-reads ... at best.
The account owned by "Dumb Bob" has been deactivated or newly created, you
should check the details of this user (if required) and handle it
Use this link to view the user's profile:
Use this link to activate the account:
Administrator Springfield Clownery Academy
Point is is a) that the actual notification message is a bit longer than just those two lines and that b) your argument requires the Admin/Mod to CAREFULLY read the message and compare the description of both links. The problem herein is that
view does not imply that it leads to profile view which also allows activation, especially due to the fact the the following link clearly does say/imply
activate (but then again fails to say that it happens instantly on clicking the link).
Changing the wording to
Use this link to INSTANTLY activate the account: or even less ambiguous:
Click this link to INSTANTLY activate the account: would leave much less questions.
The problem with these discussions is always the perspective/background knowledge: You – having joined phpBB 14 years ago – know exactly what’s behind these links. I, who have been using it since barely 3 weeks, learned it now. Anyone who’s new to phpBB administration might/will also have to learn it through trial and error first. But: There are so many things to learn, so many trials and errors to make, when it comes to phpBB administration, every single detail which makes things less ambiguous is worth the improvement effort IMO.