Idea: Stopping Spammers with Sandbox
I don’t know if this functionality exists already through a plugin but this is an idea to identify spammers and stop them before they affect a buddypress community:
Every new member is placed in a probationary ‘sandbox’ where all of their activity and interaction with the website is displayed only to them and the admin. Once the admin approves them as non-spammers, their activity is shared with the rest of the site and other members.
Think of it like a temporary shadow ban, the user doesn’t know that they are in a sandbox because they will see their own activity reflected on the site. But only admin and they are the ones seeing the activity.
So you are getting them to tip their hand, in a way, and give themselves away as spammers before they can pollute the site.
Or think of it as when a regular WP blog holds comments in a moderation queue. Except this is not just comments but all activity on a WP+BP site. And once the member is approved, then their future posts will not go into the moderation queue but be automatically approved since they have already shown themselves to not be spammers.
What do you think of this idea? does it exist already? look forward to your thoughts
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