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Feature #2814

Restricting Sign-Ups

Added by Matt Gold over 8 years ago. Updated over 8 years ago.

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Resolved
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Normal
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Start date:
2013-10-03
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Hi Ray,

We had a spam user security issue last week that resulted in a crash of the server, so I'm looking for ways to restrict sign-ups a bit. I was thinking about restricting registration on NYCDH to people with .edu and .org domains, and than giving people a way to contact us if they wanted to register through another address. Can you please let me know:

1. Am I right that the place to restrict registrations is in Network Admin > Settings > Network Settings > Limited Email Registrations?

2. Where can I find the registration page file so that I can edit it and add a note to people that explains these new registration settings?

Many thanks.

Best,

Matt

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#1 Updated by Matt Gold over 8 years ago

Hi Ray --

Can you please help me with this when you have a chance? Thanks.

Best,

Matt

#2 Updated by Raymond Hoh over 8 years ago

Hi Matt,

Apologies for the late reply.

The "Limited email domains" option only works if you specify the full domain (eg. cuny.edu) and not with a top-level domain (eg. .edu). This doesn't work for our use-case so I just wrote a quick plugin to only allow registrations with the .edu and .org top-level domains for email addresses. It is already active on NYCDH.

For no. 2, it isn't possible to add a note without either modifying the registration template or adding a quick plugin to add or change the registration text. Please let me know what you want the text to be and I'll add a quick code snippet to change the text.

#3 Updated by Matt Gold over 8 years ago

Many thanks for your help with this, Ray!

Could you please add this text snippet to the sign-up page, under the email entry box?

"Registrations are currently allowed only for .edu and .org addresses. To register with a different address, please write to to request an account."

Thanks again.

#4 Updated by Matt Gold over 8 years ago

BTW, spam has dropped off entirely since you instituted this. What a relief.

#5 Updated by Raymond Hoh over 8 years ago

I've added the additional registration text on the page. Glad to hear that user spam has dropped off considerably since this change.

#6 Updated by Raymond Hoh over 8 years ago

  • Status changed from Assigned to Resolved

#7 Updated by Matt Gold over 8 years ago

Many thanks, Ray! Would you mind sending me the details of how you did this via email so that I could potentially implement the same solution on other CBOX installs? Thank you.

#8 Updated by Raymond Hoh over 8 years ago

I'll expand the code I wrote into a full-fledged plugin.

Give me up to a day or so.

#9 Updated by Matt Gold over 8 years ago

YOU ROCK!

#10 Updated by Matt Gold over 8 years ago

Also, if you don't mind, please do it on our dime and co-list the Commons as co-author.

#11 Updated by Matt Gold over 8 years ago

Hi Ray --

Can you please remind me whether you ever released this to the WP plugin repo and if not, how I can add it to a new CBOX install at the Graduate Center (translocalcommons.org)? Many thanks.

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