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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: 70
Released: 27 Jan 2010 Last Update: Never Downloads: 278
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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 27 Jan 2010, 18:11
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http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=177704

Really good one.
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Old 28 Jan 2010, 01:13
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I've been experiencing some of the same as a member of some other sites. Good work on this one
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Old 28 Jan 2010, 12:34
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Originally Posted by robdawg View Post
Some people might not want all them other settings that come with cyb's mod.

Thanks Dark.
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Old 29 Jan 2010, 01:27
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nice just what we needed :P
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Old 31 Jan 2010, 03:49
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Old 01 Feb 2010, 01:48
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I know exactly what you're talking about. Didn't understand you were going to make the mod yourself, however... you can, because you're a coder.

Nice work Darkwaltz4, marked this one installed!
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Old 01 Feb 2010, 02:23
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Ehmz... where can I find the settings for this? I checked the Admincp and the Vbulletin Options in ACP, but can't seem to find the setup options.
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Old 01 Feb 2010, 07:49
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Thanks!

I've been using Group permissions and Group Promotions to control this for years but a mod helps.
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Old 01 Feb 2010, 17:38
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The settings are in the private message settings for vbulletin. Theres just two.

I also noticed in the user editor that you can delete PMs sent from a user! Would have really simplified what I was trying to do :-/ but it seems to be working to stop it from happening in the first place, and several members coming to me asking why they got email/popup alerts about new messages, and nothing being there.
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Old 01 Feb 2010, 23:02
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The settings are in the private message settings for vbulletin. Theres just two.
Is it perhaps these ones?
Minimum Posts to Message Public
and
Valid Recipient Usergroup When Restricted

If yes... maybe the second one could be changed because it's better if one can define usergroups. That way, the users can write to Admins and also to mods and/or supermods.
The way it is now if you choose supermods, they can't write to Admins, which is a pity.
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Old 02 Feb 2010, 04:04
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INSTALLED on mousepad.mouseplanet.com. Thanks!
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Old 16 Feb 2010, 06:36
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Perfect! Thank you!
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Old 16 Feb 2010, 12:40
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THANK YOU!! Installed at m715zone.com

Anything to get rid of these jerks.
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Old 18 Feb 2010, 20:30
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youre welcome guys
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