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  • Cruth added a new discussion topic How to change home page layout / login box? in the group Elgg Technical Support
    Thanks for assistance regarding spam. I decided to just hand delete the blog spam, as I want to move forward with this site. My question now is "can I move, and how can I move the login box on the home page, so that it is not in the top lefthand...
  • Cruth added a new discussion topic SPAM on my (Administrator's) Blog in the group Elgg Technical Support
    I have  strayed away from working on my site but just checked it today and see what seems like over 4000 spam blog posts. I noticed that bots had registered over 100 user ids, and I deleted these via phpMyadmin. Not a problem. When I went to...
    • Don't manually delete the user GUIDs in the DB.  This will cause all sorts of problems.  When you delete a user in Elgg, it recurses through and deletes all data associated with that user.  Elgg can't do this if you change the database manually.

      If someone has your admin password you should create a new password right away.

      Deleting the user who owns the blog posts will delete all the posts.  Because your database is corrupted now, I wouldn't trust that the admin is the real owner of the posts.  You'll need to dig into the database to find the entities that match the GUIDs of the blog posts and check the owner GUID.  If the owner GUID is the administrator, someone probably has your admin password.  If the owner GUID  is a user that you deleted from the DB, you will need to manually delete all the blog posts via Elgg.

      Again, don't delete users manually.  It corrupts the database.

    • Brett,

      You mean manually at the database level? So we can be confident deleting in the admin deletes all data from a user? That's a big step forward and you can confirm this working many 1.7 sites? Great work!

    • I delete spam users regularly, always in the admin. Their posts are deleted too.

  • Cruth replied on the discussion topic Ouch! Deleted user via phpMyAdmin
    Thanks, I will check that out. Is there a plugin that allows adm to BULK delete users or posts, or any spam? I am now installing some other plugins which apparently should enhance security.  I posted a help request too... view reply
  • Cruth replied on the discussion topic Ouch! Deleted user via phpMyAdmin
    So far, so good!  works great! I do have other, related questions. My next projects are to REALLY protect my site against spam. I reactivated the "validate registration by email". I thought this was already activated. Also, looks like one of... view reply
  • Cruth replied on the discussion topic Ouch! Deleted user via phpMyAdmin
    or should I just start over?   Thanks a milgg view reply
  • Cruth replied on the discussion topic Ouch! Deleted user via phpMyAdmin
    Wow! Thanks for super quick response. Soreeee! Started to check out elgg perhaps a year ago, but just installed it a few months ago. If there is no easier fix, can I fix this by upgrading to the newest version?   C view reply
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