Does anyone know of any prior art for when you want to sign up for a website, but they review your account manually before letting you in? Specifically, what kind of things they make you fill out to be able to make the decision?

Current thoughts: Making the user fill out display name and bio during sign up (when in admission-based registrations mode)

@Gargron One car forum I'm on has you specify what car you own and where you're located.

If the car is something available in the market where you say you're from, and your IP's geolocation is reasonably close to your stated location, you're probably gonna be let in.

If the geolocation doesn't match, the car is something not available in the market you say you're from, or you just put garbage in the fields, you're probably gonna get denied and have to e-mail the admins to make your case.

@Gargron This usage model also implies a couple of necessary features:

Custom fields so that communities can determine who to let in based on factors that they determine, flexibly

The ability to go back and approve an account that was previously denied (in the case of a denied account turning out to be legitimate).

@bhtooefr @gargron

A British equivalent I've seen was sending a selfie standing next to the car holding a random grocery item (ranging from loaves of bread to a pack of Birds Custard (similar to vanilla pudding))

To be fair this made some sense as it wouldn't be unusual to have these items to hand after a trip to the supermarket and also meant the driver didn't have to risk giving away their exact home location..

@vfrmedia @Gargron Note that location meant, like, US state/European nation, or at the most precise, city, in this example.

(The idea was really to weed out gross errors in location/geolocation/car, like someone claiming they had a Skoda Octavia TDI in Florida (Skodas have never even been sold in the US) with a Moscow IP address or something like that.)

@bhtooefr @gargron

to be fair this was a car enthusiasts forum and apparently a lot of people would claim to own a vehicle they didn't have, hence the picture requirement (it was also seen as more a fun way of gaining trust)

IP geolocation can be a bit ropey sometimes, the *static* IPs used at my work can show up as Germany in some DB's rather than the UK (I have no idea why this happens)

@vfrmedia In this case, it's a Volkswagen TDI enthusiast's forum - the kind of person who's going to lie about having a *TDI* of all things and *isn't* a spammer is the kind of person who will #1 know how to lie convincingly and #2 would have probably ended up getting a TDI eventually anyway

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