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icon5.gif  Handling of confirmation expiry in 2.6.2 [message #17945] Tue, 27 April 2004 08:44 Go to previous message
wfjmueller is currently offline  wfjmueller   Germany
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In a 2.6.2 installation we observed some problems with users who registered but, for whatever reason, failed to complete the email confirmation procedure. Such a user
  1. is listed in the member listing, and it is not indicated, that confirmation is still pending.
  2. so a group manager can add such a user to a group, without getting any indication or warning
  3. so an administrator can add such a user to the moderator list of a forum.

When the confirmation timeout expires (in our setup in 7 days), the member is removed from the member table. However, the tables reflecting the groups and moderator associations are not cleaned up automatically. The effect is, that
  1. one sees in group listings lines with a blank member name
  2. one gets a home page, where a link of a listed moderator gives an 'invalid user' error.

The both effects disappear after a run of the consistency checker.

However, it be best if these situations could not arise in the first place. It might be best if unconfirmed members
  1. were somehow flagged in the member listing
  2. could not be included in groups
  3. could not be named as moderators
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