Does the "must approve users" option really result in revoke access of previous members?


(Pad Pors) #1

i want to be sure if one enable this option, would it break the access of previous members or not?

the image suggests so, and i've seen discussion [here](https://meta.discourse.org/t/allowing-members-to-invite-in-a-must-approve-users-forum/29371/4) and [here](https://meta.discourse.org/t/request-invite-on-invite-only-discourse/14208/4) which makes me unsure about the result of this option.

(Allen - Watchman Monitoring) #2

Interesting… I wonder, without must approve users enabled, do you see the approved status in a user’s admin page:


(Pad Pors) #3

nope, something like this:


(Allen - Watchman Monitoring) #4

Without testing, I’d guess that when you enable “must approve users”, you’ll need to go approve everyone with the button which shows up.


(Jeff Atwood) #5

No you do not need to do this. However switching this on later in the life of a site leaves earlier users in an indeterminate state – were they approved to access your site, or not?


(Pad Pors) #6

somehow, i missed this answer. thanks for the answer.

just to be sure; this means, if in our live forum i activate the “must approve users”; it does not delete previous user’s access to our site (previous sign ups). is it correct?

what will happen to those users then?

in our invite-only forum, we need a request an invitation button. and i guess this option can do the job. is it correct?


(Jeff Atwood) #7

The old users will have an indeterminate approval state. They can still get in, but they will “look” unapproved to you. If you approve them, they will all get a redundant email.

It is generally a bad idea to change this setting during the life of a site.


(Pad Pors) #8

thanks for the information :slight_smile: ,

and sure we’ll look for another way.