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jsConnect doesn't register new account when "registration" set to "connect"

For the website I'm working on, admins need to be able to create articles etc, when doing so a new thread needs to be created on our Vanilla Forums setup. On the articles page there'll be a link to the created forum thread, on which logged in and approved users (on the main site) can comment. I decided to use jsConnect since we don't want users to have to create a separate forum account. I've used the provided example to write a simple script to return the correct information when a user is logged in and approved;

  $frontBridge = new Frontbridge();


  $clientId = '';

  $clientSecret = '';


  $user = [];



  if ($frontBridge->isLoggedIn()) {

    $loggedInUser = $frontBridge->getLoggedInUser();


    if ($loggedInUser->isApproved()) {

      $user['uniqueid'] = $loggedInUser->getUniqueId();

      $user['name'] = $loggedInUser->getFullName();

      $user['email'] = $loggedInUser->getMailAddress();

      $user['photourl'] = $loggedInUser->getImage()->getUrl();




  $secure = true;

  writeJsConnect($user, $_GET, $clientId, $clientSecret, $secure);

In the admin dashboard I've checked both "This is trusted connection and can sync roles & permissions" and "Make this connection your default signin method", and the script works when I've set the "registrations" setting to "approval", it even creates a forum member when one doesn't exist yet. We don't want users to be able to register at all on the forum though, but when I set the "registration" setting to "connect" (which should only allow account creation through SSO), no account is created an I instead get the error "user with id [x] not found". Any idea how this issue can be solved?

Using Vanilla version 3.3



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