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If someone has been banned from this forum, are they still able to login and use the facilities of the forum?

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 10:39 pm
by sozzled
Apologies if this question has ever been asked here before. I'm curious to know if a forum account, that has been banned by the moderators for breaking the forum rules, is able to login to the forum and use the email/PM features to contact other members of the community?

I see, from time to time, a couple of forum users who appear as online, people who have been sanctioned for soliciting private work by directly contacting other users by email. It's not a question about whether people are prevented from logging-in, because, obviously, they still can login (months after their posting rights were cancelled); it's a question about whether they can continue misbehaving, for the same reasons they were sanctioned in the first place, after they've logged-in.

Re: If someone has been banned from this forum, are they still able to login and use the facilities of the forum?

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 6:35 am
by toivo
Banning a member requires at least two separate steps, the actual ban and changing the rank of the member. If for some reason the first step was missed, then it is possible, but any such cases need to be reported and investigated.

Re: If someone has been banned from this forum, are they still able to login and use the facilities of the forum?

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:11 am
by sozzled
Thanks, @toivo. I'll follow this through with an "offline" report (via https://community.joomla.org/helpdesk/f ... quest.html).

Re: If someone has been banned from this forum, are they still able to login and use the facilities of the forum?

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:59 am
by toivo
Normal report of a topic or post with the selection 'The reported message does not fit into any category' and an explanation would probably be quicker and also visible only to the moderators.

Re: If someone has been banned from this forum, are they still able to login and use the facilities of the forum?

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 8:26 am
by toivo
In that particular case you were referring to the user had been banned for one month and that ban has now expired.

Re: If someone has been banned from this forum, are they still able to login and use the facilities of the forum?

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 8:37 am
by sozzled
Thanks, @toivo. I think I've got the gist of it. :) In the instance I referred to, the rank [still] shows as "banned" even though they aren't really blocked.

Re: If someone has been banned from this forum, are they still able to login and use the facilities of the forum?

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 9:11 am
by toivo
Ok, thanks. The expiry of the ban is not integrated with the rank as I thought it would be. Now the rank of the member is fixed in any case.