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Mod Version: 1.0.0, by y2ksw (Coder) y2ksw is offline
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vB Version: 3.7.x Rating: (2 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 16
Released: 05 Jul 2008 Last Update: Never Downloads: 112
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This vBulletin product / cronjob bans inactive users at regular intervals:
  • users who have registered but haven't confirmed their email within the past 21 days and never have posted (applies to user group 3 only)
  • users who have registered but haven't connected within the past 90 days and never have posted (applies to user group 2 only)
There are no user interfaces or settings, but you may change the cronjob interval from the AdminCP - Scheduled Tasks.
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Old 05 Jul 2008, 18:37
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Old 05 Jul 2008, 18:51
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I'm not sure if this would be useful, because the user can always come back.

If I registered on a forum and wasn't active and came back one day to see my account was banned, I wouldn't bother creating another one.

Just my 2cents
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Old 05 Jul 2008, 19:34
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Originally Posted by deathbyalfonzo View Post
I'm not sure if this would be useful, because the user can always come back.

If I registered on a forum and wasn't active and came back one day to see my account was banned, I wouldn't bother creating another one.

Just my 2cents
Yeah I know

We have pretty rigid privacy laws though and manual pruning of inactive users can become a problem for sites with over 1000 registered users. Time consuming and repetitive work
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Old 05 Jul 2008, 20:10
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Why dont you just you just make them get deleted, rather than banned?
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Old 05 Jul 2008, 20:17
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Originally Posted by seanm07 View Post
Why dont you just you just make them get deleted, rather than banned?
Why dont you use the add-on if it's useful for you, instead of questioning the author why he did it that way. He already answered the question!
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Old 05 Jul 2008, 21:23
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Originally Posted by seanm07 View Post
Why dont you just you just make them get deleted, rather than banned?
I want to keep the numbers

A high number of users is always advantageous, and besides that, it avoids people to register again and again with the same nick names
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Old 06 Jul 2008, 23:18
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hmm, i need more user beside ban lolz
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Old 26 Jul 2008, 08:25
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It woul dbe awesome if they could be moved into a new usergroup.
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Old 26 Jul 2008, 09:47
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I took note for the next release ... however you con change the usergroup inside the file biu_cron.php in the queries:

SET usergroupid=8

where usergroupid=N defines the destination.
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Old 26 Jul 2008, 19:40
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cool! Thanks I will try it
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Old 11 Aug 2008, 22:19
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What is the point of banning already inactive users?
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Old 12 Aug 2008, 12:00
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The main reason is to move them out of sight and reduce the number of potential spammers.

Also, the european privacy law requires to delete or deactivate inactive user accounts at latest after 6 months. Checking which users fall into this category may become a major task on boards with more than a few hundred users.
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Old 12 Aug 2008, 12:13
Marco van Herwaarden Marco van Herwaarden is offline
 
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Please link me to an official site where this privacy law is published. I never heard of a law that requires you to delete or de-activate accounts on forum software if they have been inactive for 6 months.
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Old 12 Aug 2008, 22:56
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http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/fsj/privacy/

Here is it all. Due to being a company holder, I have to follow the standards more strictly than private fellows, but this is also changing soon. Failing to adhere to the rules may result into severe fines, reaching, as far as I rember, up to €30.000,00 and 5 years of prison. This is the main reason why, since the law became active, european spammers have become so rare. The laws regard "user accounts" and "sensitive data" in general.

In order to publish a forum, we are also forced to show a privacy statement, similar to the one you find on my site. To be exact, it should be in the language of the country in which the site is hosted. Since my site addresses mainly international visitors, my personal "free" license was to publish just one in English.

With ongoing legislation, it is probable that forum owners may be only company owners or members of Journalism Guilds, as well.
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