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IP.Board 3.3 Dev Update: Banning and more SEO tweaks

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Anyone that runs a lively and thriving community knows that now and again you have to make the hard decision to ban a member. IP.Board has a powerful set of tools built in to manage this for you and you can ban a member for a set number of days or permanently with a few clicks via the warning system or the ACP member management system.

Currently, there are two ways to ban a member. One is to flag them as banned and the other is to move them into the pre-defined banned group. They both act very similarly and there's a lot of overlap which leads to some confusion as to what the differences are.

Flagging a member as banned will prevent them from viewing the board and contributing to the community. Moving a member to the banned group does the same but at a group level and also removes the member from the member list. This isn't immediately apparent and we do find some administrators get confused. "Do we have to flag as banned and move to the banned group?".

We've simplified this in 3.3 by removing the pre-set banned group for new installations. Now when you flag a member as banned, they are removed from the member list and any friends lists they may be on. Additionally, only super moderators and admins can then view their profile.



I've also ensured that spammers are treated in the same way. When you flag a member as a spammer, they are removed from the member list and any friends lists they may be on.

It's worth noting that existing installations do not get their banned group removed, but any members in the banned group are automatically flagged as banned. You can, if you choose, remove the banned group yourself.

I've taken this a step further to consider the impact on SEO when you flag a member as a spammer or ban a member. You don't really want your members and search engines following profile links that lead to an error, so I've removed the hyperlink for banned members and spammers for anyone that is not a super moderator or admin. This means fewer crawler errors and more importantly less keyword pollution. We all know that most spammers choose keyword rich user names that you don't want associated with your community!



The new warning tools have been updated to allow you to move banned members into a group of your own choosing if you'd like to keep group-level organisation.



I'd like to wrap up this entry with a quick mention on some other SEO tweaks. I read a great little entry by Enkidu yesterday on his blog. He suggested some quick tweaks to remove unimportant keywords like 'category' and 'forum'. I've gone ahead and implemented his suggestions.

This will help reduce keyword noise and increase keyword density for keywords you want to focus on. The screenshot below shows the changes in action. Note how many times the category name is now repeated:



These changes and updates further our goals to increase SEO, improve moderator tools and clean up interface elements in IP.Board 3.3.0!


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Nice!... :)

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thank you :)

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I'd really rather you not... we've quite intentionally not been flagging certain 'banned' users as banned so that they can still use an appeals board somewhere down the road. Granted, not a normal use case.

It's worth noting that existing installations do not get their banned group removed, but any members in the banned group are automatically flagged as banned.

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Nice Matt!!

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I like the choice at upgrader time. Should keep everyone happy. :)

I'll (personally on my live board) be ensuring the few banned members I do have are flagged as such then remove the banned group.

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Superb. Nothing more to say.

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http://community.invisionpower.com/files/file/3510-dp32-is-banned/ in action. ;)

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Hello.

Is the warning option to move members into a new group only available to administrators?

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Will it also be possible to directly from the front-end add such user's email-address and ip-address to the ban-list? Or should you still do this from the admin panel?

I would think that it would be logical to combine this all in the front-end on.

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I am wondering if this could be also a solution for users who want their accounts to be deleted?
Ban the user first and then after a certain time delete the full account.

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You can already prune members in ACP based on rules.

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This is important from a privacy point of view. Still, if asked, whether an account should be deleted or not, by the law, if necessary, I don't know.

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Good update. Yes it is little confusing when I have some members in Banned group and other are still in Members group and flagged as Banned. So this update goes in right way.

But I have question: Now I can set up what Banned members (in Banned group) can do. Basically they can do nothing :smile: But in Permissions settings I can view that they cannot view topics, cannot view gallery albums or cannot start entries in blogs (the same I can set up in Group manager what Banned members can do and what cannot)

When someone is flagged as Banned where can I see what they can do? I assume that nothing. So member flagged as Banned sees every forum's page as error with "Sorry you cant view it...." ?

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This sounds great, having to 'spam' them and then 'ban' them is a real PITA. As mentioned aboove if there is no banned group how do we 'preview' oand control what someone who is banned/spammed can see/do.

Will 'flagged as spammer' automatically ban them? That's my want

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[quote name='Axel Wers' timestamp='1327616290']
Good update. Yes it is little confusing when I have some members in Banned group and other are still in Members group and flagged as Banned. So this update goes in right way.

But I have question: Now I can set up what Banned members (in Banned group) can do. Basically they can do nothing :smile: But in Permissions settings I can view that they cannot view topics, cannot view gallery albums or cannot start entries in blogs (the same I can set up in Group manager what Banned members can do and what cannot)

When someone is flagged as Banned where can I see what they can do? I assume that nothing. So member flagged as Banned sees every forum's page as error with "Sorry you cant view it...." ?


Members with the banned flag get an error message on every page. They cannot do anything.

[quote name='JLogica' timestamp='1327626032']
This sounds great, having to 'spam' them and then 'ban' them is a real PITA. As mentioned aboove if there is no banned group how do we 'preview' oand control what someone who is banned/spammed can see/do.

Will 'flagged as spammer' automatically ban them? That's my want


You can configure your site to do that in the ACP

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What about sites with member profiles unabilible for guests? Are the same SEO implications there? Because they'd all come up with errors too.

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It will be good that you can have the access to flag a member in his profile to a group and not only to supermod or admin. So times you got and spammer that wait for low activity in the board and pos in forums without moderator online, if you can give the option to some group (diferente to supermod) it will be great, so you can set a group with the rigth to banner in the profile group and without all the supermod rigths

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I have one recommendation for better seo: When guests are not permitted to view members profiles, then their names shouldn't be clickable.

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[quote name='Axel Wers' timestamp='1327827011']
I have one recommendation for better seo: When guests are not permitted to view members profiles, then their names shouldn't be clickable.


Announced back in November: http://community.invisionpower.com/blog/1174/entry-7066-ipboard-33-dev-update-seo-improvements/

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[quote name='Neko Chan' timestamp='1327697636']
What about sites with member profiles unabilible for guests? Are the same SEO implications there? Because they'd all come up with errors too.


From the blog:
"I've taken this a step further to consider the impact on SEO when you flag a member as a spammer or ban a member. You don't really want your members and search engines following profile links that lead to an error, so I've removed the hyperlink for banned members and spammers for anyone that is not a super moderator or admin."

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Thanks Matt. That'll teach me to read next time xD
Sounds really good! IPB, is well worth the money.

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I've tried removing the banned group but I receive a message I can not remove pre-set groups.

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