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Bulk removal of users

Postby tdwilson » Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:15 pm

I have many users who have self-registered with nonsense names, such as: "222 Efferemek Efferemek EfferemekHJ" - they usually begin with a number as in this case, but in other cases simply have a nonsense name repeated, such as "dskfcwbu eggbttxwft eggbttxwft eggbttxwft" - I suspect that these are false identities designed to provide the person with a hook into the system for purposes of either hacking or identity theft. At present, the only way to get rid of these is to delete them individually - there is no bulk removal capability in the system. It would be nice to have such a capability. Also, when a person is removed from, say, page 25, the system takes me back to page 1 and then I have to go through sever iterations to get back to page 25 - this is a nightmare when there are several hundred such "users" to be removed. Can we look forward to some revision of the removal process in a future update?
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Re: Bulk removal of users

Postby barbarah » Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:24 am

Hi tdwilson,

I think what you want to use is the "Merge Users" functionality: http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/docs/userguide/2. ... Merge.html
This allows you to remove users in bulk. Not sure if it works well across multiple pages of users or not, but at least that should allow you to remove a pageful at a time.

Or if it's an intractable number of fake users, you can do it programmatically, i.e. directly in the database (but that's a bit scarier, of course :-): viewtopic.php?f=8&t=8271

Hope that helps,
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