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most people get this functionality by installing a membership plugin like S2
there are many more, just do a search for membership plugin wordpress in the official plugin repository or google
either I’m “moving too fast” or posting a “duplicate message” or it won’t tell me anything, no error messages but it won’t post my msg!
very very frustrating, never had this issue with the forum, no idea WTF is going on had to break my msg into sections for it to post!
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but aren’t you putting the cart before the horse? I mean, when you grow to that size you can then re-evaluate your hosting options and move, if necessary to a better one
sounds like you need a developer or coder to help you, either post here on the job board or try go to a freelance site like odesk, freelancer, etc. to find someone to help you
to answer your Q: yes, with proper optimization and caching, a WP+BP site can grow to a huge base on shared hosting, it is possible
@bphelp thanks for your feedback, the site isn’t mine, just thought others might benefit
speaking of spam, what do you think of the sandbox idea I shared here?
since you have the knowledge and experience writing plugins, can you comment on how feasible it is? could you write it?
@ubernaut the scenario you outline is possible. that I can agree with. but I don’t think any reasonable person would respond by ‘leave never to return the interesting but apparently broken site’ if they didn’t immediately see their friend on the site.
to clarify, the (new) member would be shown and included in the membership directory – if there is one – but their activity would not be for a short time, say 1 day, assuming the admin are active and flag or approve users immediately upon the new user having some activity to flag or approve in the first place
@shanebp the very nature of the functionality is that it is *not* explained, the user doesn’t know they are in a sandbox! (like a user being ‘shadow banned’) otherwise the benefit that this would confer is totally erased.
please explain why would this result in a flurry of support submissions? the new user sees their own activity being reflected on the site, for what reason would they ask for help? they write, comment, etc and it is shown to them on the site as normal, so nothing is wrong as far as they are concerned. except it is only shown to them, not everyone (until the admin approves them and removes them from the sandbox)
having said that, I do appreciate your feedback and criticism, that is why I shared the idea in the first place, to get some reaction and ideas so we know if this is feasible and perhaps to improve upon the original idea
@bphelp thanks, I’ll take a look at that plugin but it lacks this specific functionality as you already mentioned
@shanebp how is this ‘too complicated’? I also like using the community to flag spam but that only finds spam after the fact, what if you could ID spammers *before*? wouldn’t that be even more valuable? or why not both?
a theme is a completely different thing than bbpress or buddypress. the theme gives the ‘look’ the bbpress and/or buddypress plugins give the functionality
@ubernaut and others, re spam, I would appreciate hearing from the more experienced dev and web masters about the pros and cons of a private membership site.
By not allowing just anyone to become a member you automatically arrest spam. Of course, you also impede your growth because legitimate users can’t join.
One way to get around this is to use the great invite anyone plugin and have the original number of ‘seed’ members invite their friends and their friends invite their friends and so on.
Limited but organic growth in members and a total elimination of spam!
What do you guys think?
I like your enthusiasm but it seems you’re getting a bit ahead of yourself. The trac for 1.8 has been on 100 active and outstanding tickets for weeks on end now and there is no discussion of 1.9 anywhere.
But as long as we’re throwing out ideas for the upcoming, I’d like to vote for throttling as discussed here:
@patricksaad Thank you! Can it also be added for comments? friend requests, activity, etc. we know bbpress has it so everything else other than forum posts (via bbpress) would be helpful to have throttling
could the mods install this so we can flat spam like this?
yes it is right in the codex: http://codex.bbpress.org/forum-settings/
but I don’t think BP has it
This is a great idea and frankly I’m surprised that it has not been included already. And not just for friend requests but for pretty much all activity on the site: comments, forum posts, etc.
As long as you limit the frequency to what is ‘human’ you are making spammers’ lives very difficult. The issue is to not make legitimate users upset by setting it too low. But that can be tweaked easily to perfection.
you could approach the dev himself
you’ll have to be clearer, what you wrote is really confusing, can you rephrase it?
second this but I didn’t know there was a plugin for this!