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What's new in IP.Board 3.1.2? Incomplete Members

Posted by Matt , in 3.1.x 13 July 2010 · 6,566 views

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In IP.Board 3.1.0 we added a 'step through' form that users registering via Twitter and Facebook were prompted to complete before being fully registered. This was so that the user could choose their own display name and complete an email address when it wasn't available from the service (such as Twitter).

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If a member chose not to complete this form then their registration would not be complete and their account would be missing some data such as a display name and valid email address. This led to some confusion when viewing the member list in the Admin CP.

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Was this a bug? Was IP.Board mysteriously deleting member information? To prevent this confusion, we've removed these 'incomplete' members from the member list and added a new section to manage them.

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This new section clearly lists those members that are still in the process of completing their registration. It also identifies which service they used to start the account creation process. If you choose to delete these partial accounts, the member can always re-sign in to repeat the process.

We hope this little feature cuts down on confusion and removes 'clutter' from the Admin CP member list.




(w00t) Good add!

These incomplete members, is there a task to remove them after a period of time, such as new registrations do?

Would love to be able to view a list of members with facebook/twitter associated accounts.
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Great!

Me too...
I agree totally agree with Wolfie. +1
glad this is being address because this is one reason i don't use the facebook connect or twitter connet,is there a way that facebook and twitter accounts can be put in a "Validating Queue" so admins can approve who they want and not want on they board..because i don't want no FBI person from facebook joining my board :D
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KittyCanuck
Jul 13 2010 06:52 AM
+1 to both of Wolfie's comments

It would be interesting to see some numbers on how many people are using Twitter/FB logins on my board (once I finish the update).
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Wolfie and Fire_man are on the ball here and agree with their statement.

Nice work Matt
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Hunting insects...
Jul 13 2010 07:42 AM

...is there a way that facebook and twitter accounts can be put in a "Validating Queue" so admins can approve who they want and not want on they board..


The ability to Admin validate these accounts is very important. Currently this is a loophole in security that may be exploited by known troublemakers and spammers.
Unfortunately you can not place Facebook & Twitter users into validation as it is against there API policy. Users must be able to have the same privileges as a normal member once the connection has been completed.
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Hunting insects...
Jul 13 2010 08:00 AM
...and that completely undermines board security. Open-season is hereby declared on all IP.B communities. :(

In fact, I would say that is a matter of interpretation (somewhat like the US Constitution ;) ). Since ALL members on my board are Admin validated, the "priveliges" are indeed the same whatever method is used to sign-up.

Unfortunately you can not place Facebook & Twitter users into validation as it is against there API policy. Users must be able to have the same privileges as a normal member once the connection has been completed.

In fact, I would say that is a matter of interpretation (somewhat like the US Constitution ;) ). Since ALL members on my board are Admin validated, the "priveliges" are indeed the same whatever method is used to sign-up.

With FB, I'm fairly confident that those who join will be real people, so I have them placed into an elevated group (one step above a newly registered member). With Twitter though, since it's possible to provide a fake email address when signing-in, I have them treated as though they just registered. I should point out that those who just registered can only do minimal damage, including not being able to modify their profile (and also, unable to manage Twitter Connect), so if they try to use Twitter to spam then disassociate their account (to try to repeat the process), it's a pointless effort because it'll only work once.
It's not strictly against their TOS anymore.

Both Facebook and Twitter have their own spam screening prior to account creation. Worth noting that in 3.1.2 all Twitter/Facebook "registrations" are passed via the IPS spam filter and are either banned or placed in an auth queue if they do not pass depending on your settings.
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I like wolfies idea.
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Hunting insects...
Jul 13 2010 10:26 AM

It's not strictly against their TOS anymore.

Both Facebook and Twitter have their own spam screening prior to account creation. Worth noting that in 3.1.2 all Twitter/Facebook "registrations" are passed via the IPS spam filter and are either banned or placed in an auth queue if they do not pass depending on your settings.


If this means that settings may be such that ALL Twitter/Facebook "registrations" are placed in an authorisation queue, then this is effectively Admin validation by another name.
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Eduardo Bautista
Jul 13 2010 12:34 PM
Thanks!
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Thanks a lot for this add Matt!! :)
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Hmm
Clean. Great, intuitive feature.

Glad I hopped on the progressive IPBoard bandwagon. :)
More Facebook/Twitter stuff? Meh... not interested.

People want more and more social network integration in almost every aspect of their lives, but where do you draw the line? When every second person is a stalker? When Identity theft on many people is daily news? When people live only to please their so called "followers". It's quite disgusting and I do not see a healthy future down this road personally or business wise. Facebook is slowly falling apart, there is not doubt about that.

I'd rather see IP focus their effort on improving the software itself rather then all this integration stuff for "fad" sites of which your business has no control over. Infact once you have created this integration(which you have already now) you allow Facebook/Twitter or whoever to control you (E.G They make large changes to their API, and you have to fix your software because you have customers ranting about how they can't connect anymore) and it makes additional unnecessary work for yourself.

Reason I have written all this is because I'm sick to death of hearing about Facebook and Twitter.

My 2 cents anyway. Anyone is free to bag me about how wrong I am, but it will not change my stance... so go for it.
    • tenaki, ZackL, Tsvetilian Yankov and 1 other like this

My 2 cents anyway. Anyone is free to bag me about how wrong I am, but it will not change my stance... so go for it.

You're entitled to your opinion. Keep in mind though that the idea isn't to become part of the mainstream, but rather to utilize it. If it opens to doors to bringing in new members, then why not? :)
I agree with not liking the Facebook and Twitter stuff. On the other hand, it opens up the doors for better and cleaner integration with other services, even custom databases.

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