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This is inspired from an issue where a newly installed "anti porn" plugin is causing a problem that has yet to be resolved but applies everywhere.

Picture a popular thread with 28,000 replies and counting where post 1 is constantly being updated by the originator since 2010. That first post has dozens of links to various release notes, spec sheets, etc.

Now a plugin gets installed to prevent porn links and the next time the originator goes to update the post, he's met with this:

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The link?!? :oops:

There are dozens of them. Which one?!?

The user is now essentially locked out of his own content and has been for days. These types of error messages only work when they specify exactly what content is at issue.
 
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@Mike Lang

Is this on AVS forums and needs to be actioned or just a topic open for discussion here?

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@Mike Lang

Is this on AVS forums and needs to be actioned or just a topic open for discussion here?

Jeff M
Both. I created an SOS thread on AVS several days ago that was never replied to until I bumped it again. The reply today was: Looks like a new "anti porn" plugin added to the site is being a little jumpy.

The member remains unable to edit his own post.

But I also hope to avoid these sort of vague error messages moving forward. In this case, the software clearly knows what triggered it or the error message wouldn't have appeared at all so that message needs to specify the root of the trigger, not just something like "the link" in a sea of links.
 

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Both. I created an SOS thread on AVS several days ago that was never replied to until I bumped it again. The reply today was: Looks like a new "anti porn" plugin added to the site is being a little jumpy.

The member remains unable to edit his own post.

But I also hope to avoid these sort of vague error messages moving forward. In this case, the software clearly knows what triggered it or the error message wouldn't have appeared at all so that message needs to specify the root of the trigger, not just something like "the link" in a sea of links.
Got it, I will ping Kevin to do a deeper dive on AVS and leave this "open for discussion" for Alpha labs

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One that I run into with Xenforo sometimes is the messaging for a reply ban. Say a user caused some issues in a thread and a reply ban was done.

All the user will see when they go to that thread if they don't pay attention to alerts is "You have insufficient privileges to reply here." in small type at the bottom of the page. No reason, it looks like a glitch. It won't even reference the expiration if there is one.

Now say that user stayed away for at least 90 days but has now come back and goes to the same thread and the reply ban was permanent. Even the alert with the reason will have never been seen due to vanishing alerts unread after 90 days.

A more detailed message that pulls in the reason & expiration would be much more helpful. At the very least, "You have insufficient privileges to reply here." could be changed in phrases to something more like, "The staff has removed your posting privileges in this discussion due to prior issues."
 

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Agree some of the out-of-box XF notices are less than stellar.

We noticed this with the messaging when you action a banned user in the past it read "No User Found" after the action was complete. That was the default message that has since been removed.

However, if you notice others on Labs let us know.

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