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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 6:05 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I keep my forum hidden because it's aimed at students at the school I teach in - so it's for security.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuart Lock wrote:
I keep my forum hidden because it's aimed at students at the school I teach in - so it's for security.


Every rule has exceptions.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well my forum is open except for what we coined the DSPR which members need at least 100 posts before I approve..and even that does not guarantee access. It works well for us... the DSPR is a place the girls (its an all girl support forum) can go to make sure that if it is a sensitive topic - a non member can't just pop on and read it.

The bulk of the forum is viewable to guests and I agree that that is a good thing. Many of the girls that have joined were lurkers for weeks before they registered.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i do agree with admin in most cases,however some forums are the target of nutters,for instance some hunting forums get no end of trouble with 'anti's' joining just to cause problems ,so they are only open to new members by reference by a member only.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I say all rules have exceptions, but it sadly remains the case that an awful lot of our forums appear to think they are exceptions when they are not  

They think that making people register to see things will make them register, and it does not work like that.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I disagree somewhat.  All our content is hidden from guests and we have 350 members and are one of the most active forums on MFF.  It doesn't seem to put people off from joining, or posting, and has stopped all the issues we had with bots posting about viagra every five minutes.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:39 pm    Post subject: Re: MAKING YOUR FORUM INVISIBLE TO GUESTS IS DUMB! Reply with quote

admin (no pm's please) wrote:
I am making this a sticky for awhile.

Quite a lot of forums have gone down this route, in some cases forums where the admins have asked about promoting their forums on search engines!

Points to Remember:


  1. If a GUEST cannot read your forums content, then neither can a search engine.

  2. If by some fluke someone does find your forum, they are much less likely to sign up on the off chance that it is a good forum

  3. Support will often be unable to help unless we can see issues, we certainly are not going to register on your forum just to be able of offer support.



my forum is an angling clubs forum, ive made it private for my members for a number of reasons,

1) my members are less likely to post their catch reports on a public forum where anyone can read it, in fishing if someone says they caught a ten pound bass at a certain venue then before you know it the venue will be packed with other anglers

2) similar reason but comes when collecting bait, members will be less likely to post their "bait hotspots" else the place will be heaving with people next time they go there.

3) anglers dont like other clubs nosing on their club buisiness, booking certain venues, team tactics etc

4) there are personal reasons involved, an example is if a member goes sick from work to go fishing (weve all done it in some capacity) then posts a catch report on the site, people can see that and he or she can end up in trouble at work. in a way its protecting the members from prying bosses or company snitches!  

5) my forum is linked to my club website so the search engine picks up the main site amples anyway, the club is more word of mouth now and dont rely on search engines at all. in fact, since i went private ive had more membership requests than i had from before!

basically its horses for courses, its not me being naive but a club decision. if someone wants to read our posts they are welcome if we believe they are not going to upset the applecart, but they must join the forum so we know whos there. our forums doing fine, it may not be suitable for some to go private but in our case its the best course of action.  
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:10 pm    Post subject: Re: MAKING YOUR FORUM INVISIBLE TO GUESTS IS DUMB! Reply with quote

john68 wrote:
admin (no pm's please) wrote:
I am making this a sticky for awhile.

Quite a lot of forums have gone down this route, in some cases forums where the admins have asked about promoting their forums on search engines!

Points to Remember:


  1. If a GUEST cannot read your forums content, then neither can a search engine.

  2. If by some fluke someone does find your forum, they are much less likely to sign up on the off chance that it is a good forum

  3. Support will often be unable to help unless we can see issues, we certainly are not going to register on your forum just to be able of offer support.



my forum is an angling clubs forum, ive made it private for my members for a number of reasons,

1) my members are less likely to post their catch reports on a public forum where anyone can read it, in fishing if someone says they caught a ten pound bass at a certain venue then before you know it the venue will be packed with other anglers

2) similar reason but comes when collecting bait, members will be less likely to post their "bait hotspots" else the place will be heaving with people next time they go there.

3) anglers dont like other clubs nosing on their club buisiness, booking certain venues, team tactics etc

4) there are personal reasons involved, an example is if a member goes sick from work to go fishing (weve all done it in some capacity) then posts a catch report on the site, people can see that and he or she can end up in trouble at work. in a way its protecting the members from prying bosses or company snitches!  

5) my forum is linked to my club website so the search engine picks up the main site amples anyway, the club is more word of mouth now and dont rely on search engines at all. in fact, since i went private ive had more membership requests than i had from before!

basically its horses for courses, its not me being naive but a club decision. if someone wants to read our posts they are welcome if we believe they are not going to upset the applecart, but they must join the forum so we know whos there. our forums doing fine, it may not be suitable for some to go private but in our case its the best course of action.  


another reason is what another member mentioned, when it comes to hunting (or fishing in this case) we are open to the antis coming on and causing trouble, not everyone agrees with what we do and im not being paranoid, THEY ARE OUT TO GET US!!!      
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:12 pm    Post subject: Re: MAKING YOUR FORUM INVISIBLE TO GUESTS IS DUMB! Reply with quote

Hi
Sorry if this is a newby question - my forum http://wnsc.myfreeforum.org/index.php
I have just made all post invisible on my forum along with the member list - I need these just to be visible to members who have logged in.
I think I have done this correctly - permissions - I select the forum (i have done all)  then select registered (hidden) is this the best way to do this ???
I have looked at the forum without logging in and cannot see posts or members so thats great
I would like also to hide the name of the last member to join - this is visible to the world and I would prefer it not to be.
in the short term i have just added mickey mouse as a member to bump one along


many thanks for any assistance
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The simple answer to this is to goto

index_body.tpl

Find

Code:
{NEWEST_USER}


And remove
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Issue where we are getting Spammed by registrations from Russia, Its so many i will be sitting banning IP's and Email addresses till next year.
How can i control Spamming?

And also our Forum Has changed some admin Users and now no one knows what our Admin Password is how can we retrieve it?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please start your own thread and re ask your question in the general support area.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we need to tighten up on the enrolment practices here. We keep letting these spammers through with apparent ease.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That`s why my boards are not open to the internet, any new members I get that I know I allow access to the board. Any members that I do not know get deleted.

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