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Force Users to Read PMs by BOP5 (VB4/VB3)
Mod Version: 1.1, by BirdOPrey5 (IB Staff) BirdOPrey5 is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (5 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 44
Released: 23 Jul 2012 Last Update: Never Downloads: 179
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This is a fairly simple mod to allow Admins to force users (by usergroup) to make sure they have read all their PMs before they are allowed to use/browse the forums.

Version 1.1

1.0 - Initial Release (on
1.1 - Added username to the error message

Note: In the VB4 Publishing Suite there is no way to prevent users from browsing or using the CMS system due to the lack of the required hook in these areas.

Demo: You must register at

Then go to Permission Groups in Settings.

Join the "Force Reading PMs Demo" Group.

Now either send yourself a PM, or if you already have an unread PM try to access a forum or a thread or blog or profile- you will be blocked by the mod. You can also try to "Mark as Read" some PMs via the checkboxes without opening them- you will see that has been blocked too.

You can leave the group again by going to the same page when you're done testing.
You can customize the message by editing the Error Message Phrase: bop5_force_read_pm_message

Thinking about this further, this could be a great way of fighting spam. I'm sure none of the current spam bots out there bother reading any PMs, and if you set your forum to send a welcome PM, every new user will get at least 1 PM. If the spam bot doesn't check them they will never be allowed to post anything. Talk about unintended consequences.

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Old 30 Apr 2013, 01:48
b65ran b65ran is offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
I have question here. Lets say I enable this feature for Group X. Would they be forced to read PMs sent by anyone, or its when an admin sends a PM ?
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Old 12 May 2013, 09:56
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BirdOPrey5 BirdOPrey5 is offline
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Real name: Joe D.
They would have to read ALL PMs, from anyone.
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Note - I do not read my PMs often, do not expect quick replies.
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Old 20 Aug 2014, 14:14
ZeroDoom ZeroDoom is offline
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I can't believe I didn't see this. Worked for v4.2.2, thank you very much!
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Old 09 Mar 2015, 11:25
tagline tagline is offline
Join Date: Dec 2011
Great plugin, but I've disabled (non uninstalled) because I was searching something little bit different. In other words, force user to read only Admin PM's
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