Newbie Questions Profiles and Avatars
Greetings! I recently experienced some unfortunate issues with another will-not-be-named forum software package involving security and spam so I'm looking around at new forum software and find Vanilla to be intriguing. I've been playing around with it on a test server and I think I've got all the basic elements in place I need, but I still have six questions:
When you use the Profile Extender plug-in, it allows people to add things like their website etc. Is there a way to restrict permissions so that until a user has been activated, they're not able to edit their profile?
Is there a way to allow users to use remote image files for their avatars, instead of having to upload them?
Is there a way to make the avatars larger on the posts?
Is it better to use the default HTML formatting method in posts, or to use Markdown? Especially when Button Bar is being used?
Is there a way to have users be part of a certain group until they reach a certain post count? Or perhaps restrict certain permissions until they reach a certain post count?
When on the Dashboard permissions page, a certain block of permissions is labeled "Garden". I'm afraid I find this particular block a little confusing. What does this block of permissions pertain to?
So far I'm liking what I'm seeing with Vanilla Forums. If I can find some sort of solutions to address the above issues that work for me, I do believe my forum will be switching.