I posted a question over in the Client Lounge, but got told to re-post here since it's not currently a feature. :)
Anyway, the idea stems from having my community license inactive for a while. The suggestion would be to allow administrators to force a recheck of all members (batch-processed perhaps for larger boards) against the IPS spam service.
I realize this probably is a niche request though. Maybe someone else has a less-niche idea to attach to this idea? :)
Only explanation I have is a possible permission oversight (it happens) when your board was originally configured. Although, out-of-box I do believe things are secured (meaning html posting is disabled for all groups).
Personally, I just pretty much setup the "Validating" group to guest permissions and restrict them from posting.
Better question is how are your spammers getting through? Or are they human spammers with legitimate emails? If they're not human spammers, as long as you have an active IPB license, the IPS Spam Service should catch them. If it's not, try configuring its actions in: ACP -> System Settings -> Members -> Spam Prevention
An idea you could do is moderate their posting (this might also moderate status updates for them - I don't use status updates personally).
Another idea is to "Remove Status Update ability" from the group(s) you so desire.
ACP -> Members -> Member Groups -> [select group] -> Global [tab] -> "Remove Status Update ability" => yes
If I'm understanding right, you're asking whether you can install a test board without a live board installed. This, to my knowledge, is acceptable as long as you're using the test key and as long as you follow the things outlined in that article you linked. That is: Host it on an intranet server; or,
Upload it to your website and disable new registrations + turn the community offline
There's nothing wrong with WP. I still find it preferable to IP.Blog myself, except for the lack of integration between IP.Board and WP (I kept having duplicate user accounts being created). However, with the announcement of IPS Connect, I suspect this integration won't be a problem.
That said, if you're looking for a pure IPS implementation, Brandon's spot on when suggesting IP.Content as a solution to your initial question.
I was wondering whether IPSConnect allowed transmission of "meta"/extra data too, such as reputation. Kinda like how stackoverflow/stackexchange work (although they don't share reputation across sites for anything but showing credibility of the user on their other sister sites.)
Another idea for such meta data would be sharing avatars. Although you can argue for people to use gravatars...
I don't recall that, but then again, I haven't had IPD installed for a good time (and I can't get it downloaded again through the client center since it's expired right now :() I'll see about digging through my old downloads to see if I can find a copy and try this.
Does this bulk import create categories based on folders? ie: