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]( and [here]( 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.