Been on a mission to clean up the 'back end' of our almost two decades old Board, with help from the great gurus here!
Cleaned out INACTIVE USERS who never logged on, no posts (1000's, and 99.9 percent of those were spammers). Q&A Captcha is now set up based on recommendations here, and we have a custom profile requirement to help ensure genuine interest in our Board topic. Also dumped years of orphaned attachments, no way to easily determine if they were supposed to be linked to any particular post.
Then there's the required Anonymous User, which seems to be (based on reading here) required for Guest Users to be able to read the forums? However in checking under User Admin on ACP, and selecting Anonymous User, there are over 52,000 posts associate with that account? The posts date from April 2004 to Feb 2011, and the "by..." info includes the names of valid registered users? Do you think this was some configuration issue with a previous setup of our Board? Not sure how Anonymous ended up with so many posts associated with that account, as there are no current posts for that user (since 2011). Should this just be ignored as a past anomaly or is some clean-up needed? Kinda leaning toward 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it!' but would like to know some guesses as to why this happened so documentation for administering our Board can include specific instructions regarding avoiding this for the future. Anonymous User is the only entry in Guest group. and has "no" for everything in POST, PROFILE, MISC and PRIVATE MESSAGES. Anything else to know/do?
Many thanks, gracias, merci, etc.