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Mod Version: 1.0, by Darkwaltz4 (Coder) Darkwaltz4 is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.x Rating: (2 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 72
Released: 27 Jan 2010 Last Update: Never Downloads: 288
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This is a very small mod which will prevent users from sending private messages to anyone except the designated staff group (like admin) if they are below a certain threshold of post count.

Recently I've had two spam attacks in quick succession made via PM to dozens of my users in my community from spammers who verified their email address and didn't bother posting. Those are very annoying to find and clean up via the database, so better to stop it at the source.

There are two settings in the Private Messaging options section, one is the minimum post count needed to have free use of the private message system, and second is the sole usergroup they can contact via private message if they do not meet that minimum. For example, someone might not be able to post due to some technical issue, but still needs to tell the staff about it somehow! Besides, my particular spammers made sure they did not target any staff members...

I made this in about ten minutes to solve my own spam issue, so I will most likely not expand on it, but I will help with whatever minuscule support might be required.

edit: thank you similar threads for finding pretty much the same mod from a couple vb versions ago! I tried searching before I began but didnt find anything in the first few pages. Oh well, mine's slightly more straight-forward internally

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Old 16 Apr 2010, 23:29
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Love it, thanks! All I need now is way to prune the spammer's PMs
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Old 28 Apr 2010, 02:24
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**Installed**

Thanks so much! It works great!!
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Old 28 Apr 2010, 06:34
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Install thanks

me too facing similar problem few spammer sending spam online scanner mail to my forum members.
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Old 29 Apr 2010, 16:23
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Originally Posted by Selespeed View Post
Love it, thanks! All I need now is way to prune the spammer's PMs
actually, if you go to that user's profile in admincp, there is a command in that big dropdown to delete all PMs!
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Old 29 Apr 2010, 19:56
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There is also a nice mod with inline moderation for that so you don't need to go to the admincp to clean these users and their posts.
One touch Spam Ban and Cleanup
I've got it installed together with Darkwaltz4's mod, works great against spammers.

To remove their pm's you still have to go to the ACP.
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Old 02 May 2010, 10:35
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Nice mod, but would like to be able to set more than one designated staffgroups.
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Old 07 May 2010, 12:10
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It will be better if it possible to make more than one user group to recive PM.
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Old 19 Feb 2011, 23:55
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Any chance you could give me a vague run-down of how this works? I'm going to make something along these lines for my vB4.1 forum.
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Old 14 May 2011, 12:24
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Hey, is it possible to not include one group from this setting?
e.g. I set the option to disallow sending PMs unless member has 1000 posts minimum, is it possible to let members from group 11 for example to send PMs even if they have less than 1000 posts?
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Old 14 May 2011, 14:49
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No that is not possible. Would be a nice feature tho.
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Old 16 May 2011, 14:53
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Originally Posted by NickyDee View Post
Any chance you could give me a vague run-down of how this works? I'm going to make something along these lines for my vB4.1 forum.
When attempting to send a PM, if the user is under the post count threshold and they are including recipients outside of the specified usergroup, they are given an error.

I guess if I were to do an update (doubtful) I would have two usergroup settings vs two global settings - "Can be contacted when below post count threshold" and "Post count threshold to restrict PM recipients" - in case anyone would like to try making such an addon
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 04:14
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marked installed...very good mod
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Old 03 Mar 2012, 15:01
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This is a nice mod. Someone should bring it into v 4.x.x
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Old 04 Mar 2012, 23:07
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Installed flawlessly on my forum, 3.8.x. Great mod, thank you.
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