I tried to suspend a user for 99999999999999999999999999999999999999999 days, and the form clicked through as if it succeeded, but the suspension did not apply.

If the maximum is 365 days, then either the form should prevent me from putting in a higher number or it should fail with an explicit notice.

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    It's gotta be longer than 365 days... There are users suspended 'til 2038 around.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 3:22
  • @Shog9 In that case, I'll put the actual number I tried in. Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 3:23
  • Maybe I just over-ran whatever data type is taking that input. Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 3:24
  • Wouldn't you rather it just go 365 silent into the night and let you go on your merry boxing day?
    – random
    Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 3:25
  • @random Yes, that'd be fine, too. Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 3:26
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    Or even just provide a radio button for "max suspension." Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 3:27
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    What did that user do to be suspended for that time? Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 6:31
  • @Gamecat New unregistered user with no prior history posted abusive spam. Suspending forever beats deletion because the IP address is then unusable. Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 6:37

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I strongly recommend against this course of action.

Lots of pointless suspensions is bad news for a site, and it clutters the valid timed suspensions.

I cannot provide specific details because it would be a recipe for avoiding certain filters that we have.

The only reason I can think of to not delete a spam account is if you think they're not smart enough to clear cookies.

  • Thanks for the guidance. Apparently, some sites maintain an indefinitely-suspended "spam account" and merge new spammers in with it. Deletion's certainly easier, so if this suspension trick is considered harmful, we can certainly stick to that. Why anyone would want to suspend for a long time aside, isn't the silent failure I encountered still a usability bug? Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 7:13
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    @isaac on SU they merge all the bad accounts into one katamari ball of giant badness, but it's more a hobby than an actually useful thing to do, IMO. Deletion is best. Remember that very little is hard-deleted in our system anyway... Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 7:32
  • Hint taken. We'll trust in the subterranean magic. Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 14:01
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    Is there any reason not to use Destroy for this purpose? Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 18:26
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    @isaac destroy simply ensures all their posts are deleted as well. Best for spam users, yes. Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 19:43

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