FeenBan WordPress Plugin

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The FeenBan WordPress Plugin is a simple plugin that implements user shadowbanning/hellbanning for comments.

Comments by shadowbanned users will be invisible to all other users. However, the shadowbanned users will continue to see their own comments, hopefully oblivious to the fact that they’ve been shadowbanned.

This is non-destructive in that changes are not made to the comments themselves. Shadowbanned comments are still saved to the database and visible to admins in the dashboard comments listing. All that happens is that a ‘shadowban’ flag is set in the user metadata. (Please note that this metadata will in no way cause the user to be droned.)

If you disable this plugin, showbanned comments will become visible to all users.

Installation

  1. Download FeenBan and upload the FeenBan folder to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

To shadowban a user:

Select Users > All Users in the dashboard menu.
Edit the user you want to shadow ban.
Check the Shadow ban checkbox towards the bottom of the page.
Click the ‘Update profile‘ button.
To remove the shadowban on a user, follow the same steps and uncheck the the Shadow ban checkbox.

Usage

Feenban can be activated and deactivated in the Plugins dashboard menu.

When Feenban is deactivated:

  • All comments will be visible.
  • Users do not have to be logged in to view comments.
  • Users do not have to be logged in to post comments.

When Feenban is activated:

  • Users must be logged in to view and post comments.

Shadowbanning a user

To shadowban a user:

  1. Select Users > All Users in the dashboard menu.
  2. Edit the user you want to shadow ban.
  3. Check the Shadow ban checkbox towards the bottom of the page.
  4. Click the ‘Update profile‘ button.

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To remove the shadowban on a user, follow the same steps and uncheck the Shadow ban checkbox.

When not logged in:

  • All pages and posts will be visible as normal.
  • You should not see any comments.
  • A login link should tell you to log in to view comments.

When logged in as an admin:

  • You should see comments by unregistered users and non-shadowbanned users.
  • You should not see comments by shadowbanned users.
  • For comments by shadowbanned users, you should see a message saying ‘Comment not displayed due to shadowban’.
  • When editing a user, you should see a checkbox to shadow ban the user.
  • When viewing the comments listing on the dashboard, comments by shadowbanned users should still be listed.
  • All pages and posts will be visible as normal.

When logged in as a shadowbanned user:

  • You should see comments by the shadowbanned user,  unregistered users and non-shadowbanned users.
  • When editing your profile, you should not see  a checkbox to edit the shadow ban status.
  • All pages and posts will be visible as normal.

When logged in as a non-shadowbanned user:

  • You should see comments by unregistered users and other non-shadowbanned users.
  • You should not see comments by shadowbanned users.
  • For comments by shadowbanned users, you should see a message saying ‘Comment not displayed due to shadowban‘.
  • When editing your profile, you should not see  a checkbox to edit the shadow ban status.
  • All pages and posts will be visible as normal.

Why FeenBan?

This plugin is called FeenBan because it was a special request from Michael W. Dean of the Freedom Feens Talk Radio Show.

This plugin has been released under a license compatible with the GPL2 as stipulated by WordPress.org. However, users are encouraged to checkout the BipCot NoGov license from the Beastlick Internet Policy Commission Outreach Team.

The BipCot NoGov License

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Supporting future development

The FeenBan shaddowban Plugin for WordPress is available completely free of charge. If you find it useful, please consider making a donation to support future development. I would like to add many more improvements but this would only be practical if I can justify taking time away from other revenue generating work. Thank you!

Note: All donations will be shared with the Freedom Feens. For transparency, you may want to also contact Michael W. Dean of the Freedom Feens to inform him of your donation.