Moderating new subscribers
I’m looking for a solution to moderate new subscribers, preferably in a way that regardless of whether it’s a comment on the WordPress side of things or a topic or reply on the bbPress side, once a new subscriber’s first post is approved, that user is allowed to post comments, threads and replies freely (unless caught by Akismet).
Has someone here faced the same challenge and successfully implemented a solution that works well and is a pleasant user experience for visitors?
The bbPress Moderation plugin should in theory be the answer to this, but it appears to no longer be maintained, I couldn’t get it to work on my website (it moderates all posts for me, even for a user whose posts have already been approved), and based on the plugin’s support section it doesn’t really seem to work optimally anyway. Which is a pity.
Another approach that I have been thinking about is making a new subscriber’s default user role something else than Subscriber, and never displaying comments, posts or threads written by a user with that user role (or displaying a “waiting for moderation” text instead of the post) until the user’s role has been updated to Subscriber. So, moderate a user rather than the content. I’m just not entirely sure how to implement this. Modifying the theme to accomplish it should not be difficult, but how about dealing with RSS, email notifications, etc. so that posts by these users don’t show in them? It seems that many things could go wrong and not play nicely with other plugins.
At the WordPress side, things work flawlessly spam-free with anonymous comments disabled, a custom question in the registration form (stops most spam bots), a mandatory e-mail confirmation for new subscribers, auto-moderation of the first comment (stops manual spammers) and Akismet (which doesn’t really have anything to do at the end). On the bbPress side, I’m only missing the moderation of a user’s first comment, which is letting through some spam.
Any ideas or experiences about a solution to this particular problem?
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