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Post by DM Dormouse on August 27th 2012, 9:28 am

Hello

Our forums have been under attack by a vicious and utterly unprincipled hacker / vandal.

We have ramped up security to nearly the max, certainly up to the max while still keeping the forums readable, following all forummotion advice including admin-enabled new users, requiring form to be filled in and disabling BBCode.

As part of this, moderators can now Ban people. (General > Security > Disallow moderators to ban members unticked)

We have 30-40 or so forums under our Guild section and some of those forums had a few individuals whose permissions were set up to allow them to moderate only their section. Unfortunately the change in global moderator permissions affected them too and we had a couple of silly idiots who decided to ban people they should not.

So, we had to remove all modding rights from all guild forums. This upset the forum users and means we have to do a lot more work stickying, moving threads etc for these 30-40 guild forums.

Is there any way to set up modding priviliges for a single guild forum that does NOT give the modder ability to Ban anyone?

So far I've tried

1) Users and Groups > Group Administration > Permissions; tick Allowed access, tick Is Moderator. Unfortunately this gives the modder the abiity to ban any other normal (ie non-staff) player

2) General > Categories and forums > Add new forum to a Category > Permissions - then ticked Moderator. This too gives the modder ability to ban generally :/

If anyone can help I'd be grateful. I'll pm the name of the forums if necessary, but Im not joking about the hacker being vicious and prefer to keep the name of the forums off the open boards.

thank you.


Summary for clarity:

what I want is two levels of moderator.

one low level layer that can sticky stuff, edit other peopels' posts etc within their own specific subforum. But not ban.

The other, senior-staff level, to be able to do it all - globally moderate, sticky, -and- ban. In order to allow this level of modding, I enabled Modders Can Ban (okay, not its actual name, but you know what I mean)

But I can't work out if / how to make a lower level of modder that has much more limited rights.



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Post by DarkGlow on August 27th 2012, 10:52 am

Hello,

You can simply IP ban the hacker. Wink

Also, you've most likely answered yourself, mate.

As part of this, moderators can now Ban people. (General > Security > Disallow moderators to ban members unticked)

Just tick it (set as yes). Wink

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Post by DM Dormouse on August 27th 2012, 11:23 am

The hacker comes back and back and back and back under different IPs. We have a long list of banned IPs now.

Im not talking of your average nuisance, we can handle that. This is vicious stuff over months and he is resourceful. Unless we refuse to allow any new account activations at all, he can get back in. For example, in his attacks he has posted up details - extremely explicit - details of violent small-child rape. He has also attacked in many other ways.

He can and has used Anonymous Ips and many other tricks.

As I said, in order to handle him we have had to enable Mod Ban ability.

We can't find any way around this.

The problem is that it is notably affecting normal forum members and how they can use the forums, hence the question.

So as I say, really if anyone knows how to allow limited mod rights for a sub-forum that does -not- enable the ability to ban members, we and the forum members woudl be very grateful.

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Post by brandon_g on August 28th 2012, 7:18 pm

YEs this is a common issue, I dont see much else you can do but keep ip banning him... I would also report the hacker to forumotion and/or the police. But I must say for the record it is real easy to change your ip address, just reset your modem or restore your pc. so Not much else you can do except keep reporting him and banning his ip, sorry. Sad


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Post by DM Dormouse on August 28th 2012, 7:46 pm

yeah, have done both those *sighs*

man, why are some people so maliously destructive.

so, uh, on the questoin itself .. No way to allow sub-forum moderation without them being able to ban others? When you have the setting of allowing global modders to ban?

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Post by brandon_g on August 28th 2012, 7:48 pm

Well if you have it set for only admins and global mods to ban than of course the indivual moderators cant ban users, you would have to set it up so moderators can ban users.


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Post by DM Dormouse on August 28th 2012, 9:02 pm

Maybe I wasnt clear sorry.

what I want is two levels of moderator.

one low level layer that can sticky stuff, edit other peopels' posts etc within their own specific subforum. But not ban.

The other, senior-staff level, to be able to do it all - globally moderate, sticky, -and- ban. In order to allow this level of modding, I enabled Modders Can Ban (okay, not its actual name, but you know what I mean)

But I can't work out if / how to make a lower level of modder that has much more limited rights.

I have looked a lot and can't find a way to do this. I was unsure if it was me not seeing something, or if its simply impossible.

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Post by Base on August 28th 2012, 9:53 pm

Hi, sorry but what you're asking is not possible.

If you allow moderators to ban, then all moderators can ban. Even if they have moderation permissions in only one sub-forum. Smile

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Post by DM Dormouse on August 28th 2012, 9:54 pm

Thanks very much Base


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Post by Base on August 28th 2012, 10:03 pm

You're welcome. Is this solved?

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Post by DM Dormouse on August 28th 2012, 11:03 pm

@Base wrote:You're welcome. Is this solved?

yes thank you. couldnt find the button to say Solved, sorry.

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Post by Base on August 28th 2012, 11:15 pm

You're welcome, glad we could help.

In future, you can find the solved icon by editing your first post and then choosing the solved icon. Smile

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