I use auto block first post regex with a value of
https?:// in order to prevent paid spammers from posting links - the idea is that moderators would approve or reject the message from the queue, per the description of that setting:
Case insensitive regex that if passed will cause first post by user to be blocked and sent to approval queue.
What happens is that legit users receive a scary message that they have been blocked:
This is an automated message from Quantified Self Forum to inform you that your account has been temporarily blocked as a precautionary measure.
and there’s no follow-up email once their first post has been approved.
- Would a follow-up message after approval help?
- Would it make sense to soften the language in that warning message, e.g. “We’re reviewing your post” (instead of “You’ve been blocked”, bad dog)?
- Is there a better way of achieving what I want, namely moderating any first messages that contain links?