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Issues trying to remove posts made by deleted members

Started by ajac63, June 10, 2020, 06:42:13 PM

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ajac63

I find that posts are still showing for members who have had their accounts deleted even though I've selected the option for removing them.  As a result, I'm having to delete them manually which makes a nonsense of having this option at all. 

Incidentally, I'm still getting an email message saying SMF can't connect to the database, don't know if this is a factor or not...
Another SMF believer

Illori

how are you deleting the accounts? the only way to get the posts/topics and account deleted at one time is from the profile of the account.

ajac63

OK, if you click on the members name then click on 'Actions' then click on 'Delete this account', you are presented with options for deleting posts; None, All posts, Topics and posts.  What I'm saying is, that posts/topics are not deleted upon closing the account.  I have to delete them manually afterwards.

And by the way, how do I get rid of forum spammers and trolls?
Another SMF believer

Arantor

So what option did you select?

As for dealing with spammers, keep them out at the door. Spam - my forum is flooded with spam, what can I do
No good deed goes unpunished
All helpful urges should be circumvented

ajac63

I tried both 'All posts' and 'Topics and posts' but posts were still showing after deleting the account.  Thanks for the link :)
Another SMF believer

ajac63

OK, I've tried the steps mentioned in the link you gave, in fact I already did most of this from the start, but doesn't make much difference.  The only thing I haven't tried yet is forum anti spam mods.
Another SMF believer

Kindred

Questions.

30 GOOD questions, ask 2 at registration.  No spammer bots in 3+ years now, other than the occasional live person spammer.
Change the  questions every year or so
Please do not PM, IM or Email me with support questions.  You will get better and faster responses in the support boards.  Thank you.

"Loki is not evil, although he is certainly not a force for good. Loki is... complicated."

ajac63

OK, thanks, but just to make sure that I've done this the right way, where exactly do I specify the number of questions to be asked at registration?
Another SMF believer

shadav

in your admin under configuration go to security and moderation
then go to anti-spam
about halfway down you'll see: Number of verification questions user must answer
put whatever number you'd like here, then below it you'll find the place to add/edit questions/answers, you can put as many as you want here and it'll rotate through them for the number that you said to use

ajac63

Quote from: shadav on June 14, 2020, 11:31:07 AM
in your admin under configuration go to security and moderation
then go to anti-spam
about halfway down you'll see: Number of verification questions user must answer
put whatever number you'd like here, then below it you'll find the place to add/edit questions/answers, you can put as many as you want here and it'll rotate through them for the number that you said to use
OK, thanks for that, I've already done this but just wanted to make sure.
Another SMF believer

ajac63

Mini update - I've made the captcha more difficult (lots of lines, dots...) and increased the number of questions to 3 and spam posts have reduced in last 24 hours or so, so that's good. Thanks everyone for your help:)
Another SMF believer

Kindred

Please do not PM, IM or Email me with support questions.  You will get better and faster responses in the support boards.  Thank you.

"Loki is not evil, although he is certainly not a force for good. Loki is... complicated."

Sir Osis of Liver

You can add a visual element to verification questions, like we did here.  Makes it easier to think up 20-30 questions, and more difficult for bots.  Have done this on several forums and it's been 100% effective.
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley." - Robert Burns

landyvlad

Please do not PM, IM or Email me with questions on astrophysics or theology.  You will get better and faster responses by asking homeless people in the street. Thank you.

To paraphrase Kindred: "There are no technical solutions to social problems."


Sir Osis of Liver

Register.template.php



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/// Image verification

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Varies a bit with theme, that's in Ant's Mutant Curve
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley." - Robert Burns

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