"must approve users" notifications are incorrectly triggered by old users

During the past few weeks, certain problematic (banned) users have been creating accounts with offensive/inappropriate usernames. To prevent this, I have turned on the setting marked “Staff must approve all new user accounts before they are allowed to access the site.” and it does indeed require approval for all new accounts.

However, rather annoyingly, every few hours I am also notified of “users waiting for approval” for old users that joined months or even years ago, way before this setting was even activated.

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Clicking on the notification I see:

There are new user signups waiting to be approved (or rejected) before they can access this forum. Please review them.

… but clicking on “Please review them” shows that there aren’t any:

There are no items to review.

Searching down the list admin/users/list/new, I see that some users are indeed listed as “not approved”. I can’t find any commonalities between these “not approved” users except the fact that all of them were created before the setting was toggled. Some of them have “primary email: Not verified”, while others are verified.

I tried to approve each one manually, but I need to scroll back several hundred “pages” and I don’t see an easy way to filter the list by “not approved”.

Is there a quick way to mark every single existing user as “approved”? Or at least prevent the notifications about these old users from being sent out?

Are you still suffering from this?

In the end I bit the bullet and scrolled down the entire list of users (manually looking for ones that had “Approved: No”), then entered each one’s profile and approved them individually :sweat: