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Why are banned account profiles inaccessible?

Best Answer ~Tiger~, 17 May 2017 - 10:19 AM

 the profile page can't be accessed and it's details (like contacts or bios) are lost. 

 

According to the IPB help pages, when a member is permanently banned, the Forum software automatically severs the link to their profile to prevent the member from benefiting from an online presence on the forum. This means that their profile cannot be seen by search bots (google etc) that would be able to access links in the members profile. This is particularly important if that member knew they faced a ban and posted links in their profile that violated google's terms (porn or gore etc). By severing the profile link, the profile is inaccessible to search bots but they can continue to crawl the rest of the forum unhindered.

 

Senior staff members are still able to access the banned members profile but not regular members or search bots.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 09:09 AM

When a member is banned, the profile page can't be accessed and it's details (like contacts or bios) are lost. Why is that? I've always wondered.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:19 AM   Best Answer Edited by ~Tiger~, 17 May 2017 - 04:38 PM.

 the profile page can't be accessed and it's details (like contacts or bios) are lost. 

 

According to the IPB help pages, when a member is permanently banned, the Forum software automatically severs the link to their profile to prevent the member from benefiting from an online presence on the forum. This means that their profile cannot be seen by search bots (google etc) that would be able to access links in the members profile. This is particularly important if that member knew they faced a ban and posted links in their profile that violated google's terms (porn or gore etc). By severing the profile link, the profile is inaccessible to search bots but they can continue to crawl the rest of the forum unhindered.

 

Senior staff members are still able to access the banned members profile but not regular members or search bots.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:11 PM

This means that their profile cannot be seen by search bots (google etc) that would be able to access links in the members profile.

This should be the case for even non-banned users. I don't want bots crawling my profile :/.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:56 PM

This means that their profile cannot be seen by search bots (google etc) that would be able to access links in the members profile.

This should be the case for even non-banned users. I don't want bots crawling my profile :/.

Creepy innit? Brrr
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:58 PM

Pretty sure web crawlers can't access people's profiles since that's one of the features only accessible to those with an account - if you try looking for people's profiles on google for example, there aren't any results that are the actual profile.

Generally as far as I know it's just meant to remove their presence from the forum, even if they're allowed back since they have to create a new profile from scratch.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:16 PM Edited by ~Tiger~, 17 May 2017 - 03:28 PM.



Pretty sure web crawlers can't access people's profiles since that's one of the features only accessible to those with an account

 

Authorised bots are treated by the forum software in the same way as human members and they have the same access. This is why their names (google, bing, facebook etc) appear at the bottom of the forum with other member users.

 

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 04:13 PM

Search engines just get a 403 I think, by default ipb treats crawlers like guests, but only Tank can confirm the settings we're using.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 05:50 PM

 



Pretty sure web crawlers can't access people's profiles since that's one of the features only accessible to those with an account

 

Authorised bots are treated by the forum software in the same way as human members and they have the same access. This is why their names (google, bing, facebook etc) appear at the bottom of the forum with other member users.

 

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They appear on the online list but they are not a part of the Members group, nor they're a part of the Members permission mask. I think IPB by default has a group called Web Crawlers and they're using the Guest permission mask.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 05:59 PM

Be that as it may, the reason IPB gives for the question asked by the OP is the one given in my answer above.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 07:33 PM

I can't even find an option to allow/disallow it, it seems part of IPB by default, so yeah I guess all of the above answered your question in a round about way. Who is it you want to be nosey on that made you ask?

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 08:02 PM

This site sure could use a poke button to remind someone to read their PM's @Kirsty :p :p huehuehue (:
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:08 AM

Thanks everyone for the answers!

 

Who is it you want to be nosey on that made you ask?

Nobody in particular, just had been wondering for a while.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:11 AM

I'd like to take this time to let everybody know about my sale - I will take a screenshot of any banned profile for just £20, just send the money direct to my PayPal along with the name of the member in question.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:51 PM

I'll do it for 15£.
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:07 PM

£9.99 or 3 for £25.
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:35 PM

I'll do it for 15£.

 

Psht, you didn't even put the currency symbol in the right place! Don't not trust this man, his label is gold but his eyes are pure coal.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 06:31 PM Edited by Great Britain, 18 May 2017 - 06:32 PM.

This has turned into my favourite pasttime. Go a little lower on the price and I might just actually hook one of you up. (; 


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:16 AM

They can be. You just have to be a moderator/crazy cat lady admin.;)


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:02 AM

IPB disabled the option to view banned Profiles with the 3.x.x series of upgrades. It's a bad move TBH and most people didn't care since IPB is mostly used on large communities where banned profiles are sort of insignificant. There's no option to toggle the permission to view banned profiles sadly.




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