I wonder if there is any way to mark a post as visible only to the Original Poster and administrators?
The reason I ask is that I use the StopForumSpam extension on my phpBB forum, and I was watching a newly registered member whose IP address is Vietnam. As my board is for Anglophones in France touched by cancer this was enough to make me suspicious.
After a few days the "user" copied a complete post made months ago, and posted this as a new post. The original post was from the spouse of a cancer sufferer, with a lot of specific details of the illness, and so was complete lies when posted by the new "user".
I cannot report this "user" as a spammer on StopForumSpam until they actually post a spamming link or other spam, yet I cannot leave the post open to be viewed because the post is not a simple expression of opinion, but a detailed description of a very difficult medical/family situation purporting to come from a sufferer, which is completely false. Other forum members, a pretty committed and caring community, are inspired to respond with suggestions, advice, sympathy, etc - all of it wasted in this case!
One member of StopForumSpam suggests that some software allows a post to be marked to be viewed only by the Op and admins, thereby allowing the "user" time to add real spam, but I can't see a way to do this in phpBB.
As always, any help would be appreciated!
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