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- Allow New User Registrations - If you would like to temporarily (or permanently) prevent anyone new from registering, you can do so. Anyone attempting to register will be told that you are not accepting new registrations at this time.
- Use COPPA Registration System - Use the COPPA registration system. This complies with the COPPA laws and requires children under the age of 13 to get parental consent before they can post.
For more info about this law, see here: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/coppa.htm
- COPPA Registration System Cookie Check - This option will save a cookie onto the user's computer if an age under 13 is entered. Subsequent registration attempts will be failed, no matter what age is entered. This only applies if the previous option is set to either Enable COPPA or Deny registration for users under 13 years.
- Moderate New Members - Allows you to validate new members before they are classified as registered members and are allowed to post.
- Send Welcome Email - Enabling this option will send a welcome email to new users using the email body/subject phrases for 'welcomemail'.
Note: If you require emails to be verified, this email will be sent after the user has activated his or her account. If you moderate new memberships, no welcome mail will be sent as the user will already be receiving an email.
- Welcome Private Message - Enabling this option will send a welcome private message to new users. Please input the username of the user that this PM is to be sent from. To alter or translate this message, use the email body/subject phrases for 'welcomepm'.
Note: If you require emails to be verified, this message will be sent after the user has activated his or her account. Also ensure that Receive Private Messages is enabled in the Default Registration Options.
- Email Address to Notify About New Members - This email address will receive an email message when a new user signs up. Leave the option blank to disable this function.
- Allow Multiple Registrations Per User - Normally, vBulletin will stop users signing up for multiple names by checking for a cookie on the user's machine. If one exists, then the user may not sign up for additional names. Note: This does not stop users from logging out and then registering new accounts.
If you wish to allow your users to sign up for multiple names, then select yes for this option, and they will not be blocked from registering additional usernames.
- Verify Email address in Registration - If you set this option to 'Yes' new members will not be allowed to post messages until they visit a link that is sent to them in an email when they sign up.
If a user's account is not activated by the user visiting the link, it will remain in the 'Users Awaiting Activation' usergroup.
- Require Unique Email Addresses - The default option is to require unique email addresses for each registered user. This means that no two users can have the same email address. You can disable this requirement by setting this option to 'No'.
- Minimum Username Length - Enter the minimum number of characters in a valid username, for the purpose of ensuring that new members create valid usernames.
- Maximum Username Length -
Enter the maximum number of characters in a valid username, for the purpose of ensuring that new members create valid usernames.
- Illegal User Names - Enter names in here that you do not want people to be able to register. If any of the names here are included within the username, the user will told that there is an error. For example, if you make the name John illegal, the name Johnathan will also be disallowed. Separate names by spaces.
- Username Regular Expression - You may require the username to match a regular expression (PCRE). The admin help provides some examples that may be useful. To disable this function leave the option blank.
- User Referrer - If you enable the User Referrer system, then a user who visits your forum through a link that contains 'referrerid=XXX' will give referral credit to the owner of the referrerid when they register (where XXX is the userid of the referring user).
- Default Registration Options - The user options on the New User creation form in the Admin Control Panel, as well as the New User registration form will default to the following settings.
You can control the following settings:
Receive Admin Emails
Receive Private Messages
Send Notification Email When a Private Message is Received
Pop up a Notification Box When a Private Message is Received
Enable Visitor Messaging
Limit usage of Visitor Messages to Contacts and Moderators
Allow vCard Download
Automatic Thread Subscription Mode
Message Editor Interface
Thread Display Mode
- Username Reuse Delay - When a username is changed, you may wish to prevent users from registering with that name for a certain length of time. Use this setting to determine the time before a deleted or previous username can be reused, or set it to 0 to disable this function.