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What moderation tools are there in Askbot?


What moderation tools are available in Askbot? Specifically, I'm interested in the following:

  • Suspend user for X days
  • Destroy user (automatically removing all his posts, revisions, etc.)
  • View IPs from which a user has posted (sometimes spammers/trolls use a couple different accounts - this helps figure out which accounts to ban)
  • Can regular users flag posts as spam/offensive, leading to the posts' deletion?
  • Ban IP address
Tomasz P. Szynalski's avatar
Tomasz P. Szynalski
asked 2011-06-14 17:26:12 -0500
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You can change user's status to suspended and blocked, there is no term for either as the feature was never requested.

Blocked users can only log in and send feedback, suspended users can only edit own previous posts.

There is no way yet to destroy a user.

Regular users with certain reputation can flag offensive. When a particular number of flags accumulates the post is hidden.

No IP address bans yet.

These missing features can be implemented quite easily.

For the "destroy user" you have to decide what to do with posts where others followed up by either answering, commenting, or editing the post. Ideas about that?

Evgeny's avatar
answered 2011-06-14 17:33:11 -0500
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Just delete all the child posts, I think. Destroying is a last-resort measure that is used for people who ONLY spam or troll. I had one user who posted about 100 offensive pics in different questions over a few hours. I also have some problems with spambots that tend to post several spammy ads over a short period of time. Personally, I just don't care about preserving user responses to those spammers and trolls -- "Go away, you bastard!" does not provide for very inspiring reading anyway :)
Tomasz P. Szynalski's avatar Tomasz P. Szynalski (2011-06-14 17:41:21 -0500) edit
Thanks for the speedy reply -- you missed "view IP" :)
Tomasz P. Szynalski's avatar Tomasz P. Szynalski (2011-06-14 17:42:01 -0500) edit
no records of IP trail either
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-06-14 22:55:29 -0500) edit
I would like to add my vote for these features as well. Thanks
mether's avatar mether (2011-06-25 20:01:31 -0500) edit
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