So, if default group will not have permission to post, you'll get what yu want
They (and only they) will just see new forum with instructions how to get full access. No spam boots will come through.
Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but wondering if there's a way to prevent a group of users from modifying visible user parameters (signatures / website, for example). Just some background on the actual problem I'm trying to solve...
I'm seeing a lot of SEO spammers signing up, waiting a while, then adding a signature and / or website, but not actually posting. Even if the signup looks spammy, it's hard to know for sure to can them until the signature shows up (especially since I have a lot of legitimate foreign users on my forum). I believe humans are involved in some part of the process, because they use a variety of throwaway email addresses, are usually connecting from the Philipines or other places where labor is cheap, and I have a captcha on the signup already.
Anyway, I'd love to be able to allow users to signup / post, but require manual intervention before someone can add a link or signature.
Another annoyance is that setting the signature length / lines to "0" prevents even the admin from emptying out a signature -- even if the text box is completely empty with no spaces, it seems to consider it "1" line. I'm running the latest 1.3.x