Deleting and removing spam or sham users

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Deleting and removing spam or sham users

Postby danscott » Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:03 am

Hi there

My OJS journal has been hit be several hundred spam user registrations. The Profile details are always gobbledy-gook and the country is always Afghanistan. I don't know if they are automatically generated - I can't believe any idiots would manually do this, especially when they are unenrolled as soon as discovered.

My problem is that, as Journal Manager, I cannot find a way to remove them completely off the system. That is, all spam registrations have been removed from 'Users enrolled in this journal', but are all still listed under 'Show users with no role'.

Can anybody tell me how to remove these and, ideally, set up a block on further registrations?

Kind regards

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Re: Deleting and removing spam or sham users

Postby ramon » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:49 am

Hello Dan,

As JM, check the "Merge" users feature.
It will enable you to choose multiple users and merge them into another account.
What it does is transfer all the activities of the first users selected to the account select afterwards.
You can merge many at once, or one by one, if you wish.

That is the only way to remove users from the database completely.

Ramón Martins Sodoma da Fonseca
Analista em C&T
Coordenação de Tecnologias de Informação
Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia - IBICT
Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia - MCT

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