"Phantom" member -- possible bug/security issue?

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by Hypatia's Protege, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. Hypatia's Protege

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    Kind friends...

    Although I received an alert to the effect that member @ARTS 'is now following you' (as of Tuesday Apr 19 -- 5:22 AM CDT), said user would seem to be invalid (e.g. attempting to follow the 'profile page' link on the 'quick-navigation popup' returns the following message:
    Nor is 'ARTS' recognized as a valid user via search nor inline reference (i.e. via "@username")

    ARTS is not shown in my 'followers list' and my 'followers count' is consistent with the number of shown followers... That said - 'hovering' over 'follow' on the 'quick-navigation popup' generates a 'balloon' advising that:
    thus it would not appear mere issue of a 'rescinded follow'...

    Please advise ASAP

    Best regards
    HP

    Edit --- Following posting of the above, I notice that clicking on @ARTS triggers the 'quick-navigation popup' for said user --- even so, said user is not recognized while entering the inline reference (tag) - nor by any other feature of this site (available to myself)...

    Edit 2 --- Thread title edited for compliance:)

    Thanks!:)
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2016
  2. OBW0549

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    It's simple: "ARTS" was our old friend RK, trying to defeat the permanent ban placed on him by sneaking back in under another username. After starting a couple of his customarily whacky threads, staff deleted his account along with the threads.
     
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  3. jrap

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    It appears that user has set their profile to private or was banned.
    http://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/account/privacy

    **Edit** - OBW0549 is correct.


    By the way, did the following warning show up when you created this thread? Just want to confirm if it's working or not.
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  4. Hypatia's Protege

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    Thank you for the clarification!:)

    The message did not appear --- That said, please be advised that I first entered said text to the 'body field' (for the benefit of spell correction) then moved it to the 'title field' via 'cut and paste' -- Perhaps 'paste' inadvertently circumvents said message?

    Again many thanks!
    HP:)
     
  5. bertus

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    Hello,

    In the pop-up, you can see that the username has strikethrough.
    This is an indication that the user is banned.

    Bertus
     
  6. Hypatia's Protege

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    Hi, @bertus -- Thanks for your reply!:)



    Please be advised that no 'strike-through' is apparent (despite forum style settings):confused: -- Please see the attached screen-captures (below):

    Original style:

    OriginalStyle.jpg

    New Style:

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    Best regards
    HP
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2016
  7. bertus

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    Hello,

    Than the strikethrough might only be visible by moderators and administrators.
    Sorry for the confusion.

    Bertus
     
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