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When I do my forum-wide mailings I always get a few messages back from people who no longer use the forums and who want to unsubscribe from the mailings.

Right now when I go into Member Management I don't have a way to do that. I'd have to log in as them and change their preferences. I don't want to do that both because it's slow and because I don't want to be "in" their account like that.

So I instead ban them, since these people are really saying they don't want to deal with the forum any more.

It would be nicer if instead from that admin area I could mark them as "do not mail" - which is really what I want to be doing.

I'll note when I do my forum wide mailings that I select all members who aren't banned. I assume that will still exclude people who indicated they don't want to get mailings. I don't see an option on the select screen to choose for that field.


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1. Since these particular individuals "no longer use the forums", i.e., they have to intent of being a member, then why not delete their accounts?

2. I think your suggestion is worthy of consideration as an addition... having the option in the user's Profile to "do not mail" or some similar phrase.


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I agree, we can muck with most of their settings as an admin but not some others... I figure we should be able to edit them all.


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Pilgrim -

If a user has 500 posts and I delete their account, I believe their posts are now compromised. I don't want to affect the posts in any way. I just want to stop the system from bothering them going forward.

The user does already have a "do not mail" option, so I want the ability to get to it from the control panel.


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Originally Posted by BellaOnline
If a user has 500 posts and I delete their account, I believe their posts are now compromised. I don't want to affect the posts in any way. I just want to stop the system from bothering them going forward.
Actually, the second option allows you to delete the account without affecting the user's posts.

Delete member and do not alter posts. Ownership will be set to Anonymous with an Anonymous name of: username.


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Originally Posted by Pilgrim
Originally Posted by BellaOnline
If a user has 500 posts and I delete their account, I believe their posts are now compromised. I don't want to affect the posts in any way. I just want to stop the system from bothering them going forward.
Actually, the second option allows you to delete the account without affecting the user's posts.

Delete member and do not alter posts. Ownership will be set to Anonymous with an Anonymous name of: username.

Aye it gives the option to just delete the member and not the posts... the posts will be listed as anonymous.

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Right, I'd rather not have the forum filled with anonymous posts. The user isn't asking for their posts to become anonymous. They just want to stop getting the email messages. That's what I meant by the posts being compromised - I don't want to touch the public view of the posts at all.


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Great, thank you so much Gizmo!


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No problem, I had a spare couple of hours and figured it was pretty beneficial...


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