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How to moderate users?

Hello, my project is about cars. I don't have many free time and knoledge, but I'm in no hurry to. I participate in many forums about cars, mainly in french, and I know that people usually behave bad in these forums.

I tested askbot in my computer but there's one thing I can't find is how to moderate users, like baning and and give or take them points.

What are my options?

PS: If there's no moderation functions I can pay someone to do it (but not that much). Do you recomend someone, or is one of the askbot developers available to do that? Tanks

Evgeny's avatar
updated 2010-06-23 12:02:51 -0500
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asked 2010-06-13 14:47:05 -0500
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Hi Jeremy, there is admin interface at url /admin where you can access, modify user profile data, and inactivate accounts. That interface is however may be a bit too powerful and anyone using it should be careful. Extended settings interface (with most things that are in the are coming soon after I merge in the experimental branch).

edit: to make the first user into admin you'll need to run a command

python add_admin <user_id>

where <user_id> is the numeric id of that user. If command is not available you will need to upgrade the code or copy files forum/management/commands/ and forum/management/commands/ I am working on an easier upgrade method now.

I have not tested it myself, but I suspect that if you delete an account through admin interface you will also automatically delete all user's contributions - try it out and see what happens. There is definitely room for better user moderation tools.

If you - and anyone else:)! - might be willing to sponsor this project in some form I will indeed try to find a developer to help out. Thanks for mentioning that.

Btw, if you are planning to run a forum in French, somebody first needs to make a translation. It will take about a week if you work without a hurry and two days if you only take breaks for food :). I've made a translation from Chinese in three days last year.

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updated 2010-06-13 15:13:15 -0500, answered 2010-06-13 15:04:52 -0500
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My plan is to use english, I'm taking english classes to improve it because I'm going to work in US at the end of the year. I want a forum about french cars, but there are many in french already, but I don't know any in english.
jeremy's avatar jeremy (2010-06-13 15:10:08 -0500) edit
How can i sponsor the project?
jeremy's avatar jeremy (2010-06-13 15:11:00 -0500) edit
At this time basically like you've suggested - there will be someone helping you and and the same time that person will be contributing to the core code. All the financial arrangements will be between you and that person. Should I start looking?
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-06-13 15:15:49 -0500) edit
I'm still not sure of wat I want to implment. But if you can suggest someone that will be good.
jeremy's avatar jeremy (2010-06-13 15:34:34 -0500) edit
Allright then, I'll email you at the address from the database. Thanks.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-06-13 15:50:22 -0500) edit
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