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    djsteveb
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    @localiseorg

    Thanks for the info about these block user plugin options! I have my fingers crossed that the one in the wordpress.org repository will work as advertised.. but it says it is plugin v1.beta – and says compatible up to 3.6 (or something like that)

    Have you have a chance to test these to see if they work as intended? Any idea if installing and running them for a little bit and then decided to deactivate leaves behind problems with the database or anything?

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    I’d love to see this option become a part of the core options. I am trying to disable gravatars on all these buddypress. Would be great to have the option for admins to establish a group of avatars that would be auto-used for groups and profiles, removing the third party dependency, saving some privacy, increasing page load speed, and giving communities a better branding by having their own options for default avatars.

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    @islandcastaway – I have no idea if this will solve your issue, but I had a similar issue after some updates… I think it was an issue with bp-media update that caused it.. but the fix was to go to permalinks and change them to something else, save, then change permalinks back to how I had them.. hope that helps.

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    contrary to some of the other commenters, I think there is space for a theme to focus on some of the buddypress shortcomings – even those that work with WP / BP – there are often issues that are not well handled with a BP enabled site, and many theme authors are reluctant to adress the usability issues that occur when using as the base for a buddypress site.

    Suffusion for example is a good WP theme, with some enhancements for buddypress at one point.. but the next page navigation is too small, and not easy to adjust. There are also majoy issues with the tabbed sub menus like in user profiles (site/member/profile then activyty, media – etc) – and no easy fix for that.

    As far as your theme being based on bootstrap, I suggest you scrap that and switch to foundation of something. I love bootstrap myself, however wp themes that are based on bootstrap all fail to work well with bp-media in my recent experience.

    So the choice pretty much comes to using a buddypress with a good theme and no bp-media plugin, or use a buddypress site with bp-media and a theme that is not based on bootstrap. Which really limits things quite a bit in my humble opinion.

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    sem101 – I use two plugins that ask questions before signup

    Buddypress Humanity
    and
    Good Question

    This prevents most of the bot sign ups that we plaguing us for some time with those group creators.

    This does not stop the manual spam signups, so we have delete a few accounts each week, but it has prevented the tons that we were dealing with before.

    We used to have good luck with /bp-registration-options/

    but we started having some issues around bp1.7 I think. Other people say it works now (http://buddypress.org/support/topic/feature-request-new-user-moderation/ ) – but I don’t have time to play with half baked / half working solutions. Your experience with it may be fine.

    We do not use si captcha any longer as we had issues with some multisite problems. I do think it slowed down some of the spammers, and certainly cost them time and a little money to get around it – so it’s cool.

    I use one of the blog defaults type plugins to auto set new blogs/(sites) to have settings like ‘users must be logged in to comment’ – and “discourage search engines from indexing” – this has helped a bunch for us.

    Of course the manual spammers will still need to be manually deleted – you will never stop the manual spammers, if you did, then you would stop regular people from signing up. Unless of course you went for one of those “invite only” buddypress setups.

    I recently donated to a plugin author to create a new plugin that allows superadmins to force certain settings on sub-site/sub-blog users.. like forcing only allowing registered / logged in users to comment. That plugin is working, but it is not quite polished enough for wp repository release I think – but that is another kind of spam blocking issue.

    Hope these tips help you, they have made a huge difference for me.

    arg – tried to post a reply and I think it got akistmetted for having two links…
    /wonders why they do not whitelist links to wordpress org / buddypress org here for that setting somehow.. sheesh

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    sem101 – I use two plugins that ask questions before signup

    Buddypress Humanity
    and
    Good Question

    This prevents most of the bot sign ups that we plaguing us for some time with those group creators.

    This does not stop the manual spam signups, so we have delete a few accounts each week, but it has prevented the tons that we were dealing with before.

    We used to have good luck with https://wordpress.org/plugins/bp-registration-options/screenshots/

    but we started having some issues around bp1.7 I think. Other people say it works now (http://buddypress.org/support/topic/feature-request-new-user-moderation/ ) – but I don’t have time to play with half baked / half working solutions. Your experience with it may be fine.

    We do not use si captcha any longer as we had issues with some multisite problems. I do think it slowed down some of the spammers, and certainly cost them time and a little money to get around it – so it’s cool.

    I use one of the blog defaults type plugins to auto set new blogs/(sites) to have settings like ‘users must be logged in to comment’ – and “discourage search engines from indexing” – this has helped a bunch for us.

    Of course the manual spammers will still need to be manually deleted – you will never stop the manual spammers, if you did, then you would stop regular people from signing up. Unless of course you went for one of those “invite only” buddypress setups.

    I recently donated to a plugin author to create a new plugin that allows superadmins to force certain settings on sub-site/sub-blog users.. like forcing only allowing registered / logged in users to comment. That plugin is working, but it is not quite polished enough for wp repository release I think – but that is another kind of spam blocking issue.

    Hope these tips help you, they have made a huge difference for me.

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    Maybe something like “bp-group blog” plugin and mixin one of the “front end uploader” type wordpress plugins… I played with this one on site and got the kind of functionality I think you are asking about.

    not sure if it was group blog, or maybe something else that auto-added new users to a multisite blog, I had another to copy over 300 users to the new photos blog.. and played with several fron end uploader plugins to find one that did most of what I was looking for…

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    Currently the plugin “good question” is helping me with reducing spam signups more than any other.

    I used to rely on si-captcha to help with this, but it started having some issues a few months ago (on my multi-site / BP sites), so that is not in use on my sites any longer.

    as buddyboss mentioned above, “bp-registration options” was a good choice for a while, it worked pretty well for me around v 1.5 or 1.6 I think.. but then issues started occurring and it was left without updates for a long time (while the plugin dev was running for an election or something if my memory is serving me today), so axed that one…

    Nothing is going to stop the manual spammers, but they are easy to eradicate once you have stopped all the bot signups with one of the QnA type plugins in my humble experience anyhow.

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