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#2 already works. That's a new feature of 2.1.8 - account activation. Accounts will not be active unless the admin sets the account to active ...

#1 would be possibile if you modify the sourcecode of it ...
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Hi,
l want all the members of my forum to be genuine users and open to only a closed group of professionals.
I was wondering if there is a way to:
1. send invitation mails with a unique link using which just one user can join the forum.
2. receive membership requests (like in yahoogroups) and decide whether to let in or not.

Let me know if either of them is possible (pref the 2nd one )
Thanks a mill,
jR
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I can't seem to find the option in the configurations... (admin panel) is it a config file change to get it manually approved? I am running 2.1.8
rgds,
jR
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my bad ...


Administrators can now manually approve an user account: In boards where new users are required to validate their email addresses, the Admin Panel interface now has a section where the Administrator can see all pending requests and, optionally, activate them. This is useful for situations where the user does not receive the registration email or is having problems with it.


So it's only an approving of accounts when doing email-authentication.
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On quick "hack" to do this would be to edit the template to hide the "register" function or change it to a different page. Maybe a mailto: or post to a special forum.

Then if someone request an id, you can send them the real registration URL after reviewing the request for validity.

This is security by obscurity but it's quick and easy. For more security, you may want to look at modifying the UserAction.insert method to check for a security token on the URL and work out some way to easily generate a "register" URL with the token included.
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