Where all new users are to be approved after signing up, I send them a standard “vetting” email via my email client “Please explain who are you are and why you are interested in being on the forum” (It isn’t as blunt as that, but no spammer has replied yet.
TO speed things up, it would be beyond useful if there were an option for a Pre Approval email in the Content Section and a tag “Send Pre-approval email” on the dashboard, to the left of the “Send Activation email” tag.
I was looking at maybe using the Login Required Welcome Message to pop the question, but asking at that stage, why do you want to join, and these are the buttons to press if you do, seems a bit too much.
What do you think? Better for them to have made the move and signed up before being asked to justify their motives for signing up?
So overall, with my dashboard window permanently open on New Users, any new applicants that come in, I tick their box, click on Send Pre-approval email, and wait for a response. If a reply comes back, Activate and we are on. A lot quicker than what I have going on now.