Using the group promotion feature in IP.Board is a great way to help you control new members. It works like this:
- Set your default members group and let's call it New Members
- Restrict the New Members group. You might not allow access to the PM system, limit number of posts per day, or even moderate all posts made by those in the New Members group. All of these are settings in Manage Member Groups in the AdminCP.
- Now the key point here is the auto-promote feature:
As you can see there are two options to promote: by number of approved posts or days since joining. The idea here is that a member is probably going to be a spammer or a troublemaker right from the start so they will probably end up banned before ever getting that far. Choose the option that suits you best and then choose a group to promote the member to. You would probably create a Full Members group that removes all the restrictions of the New Members group.
Of course there are a lot more fun things you can do with this feature. Reward your most active members by adding in new features, access to private areas, etc. by having IP.Board automatically promote them to a higher group. Use your imagination to leverage simple features like this in IP.Board to implement very advanced experiences for your members.
Feel free to reply if you have any other creative uses or ideas for this feature.