@baris yes, this was our method; however, there have been many real new users who wanted to use those fields, and it was taking a lot of time for us to fill in their info manually, so we had to abandon this method.
@Mothership This has come up before. Partly the issue is privacy, since private chats would no longer then be private. I think the consensus at the time was that bad actors can be reported to moderators via chat itself but then you need to know who the mods and admins are. Otherwise I think they can just block offending (ab)user(s). Be that as it may (or may not be cuz my recollection is hazy on this): Seem like a "Report Abuse" button could be useful if it can be worked into the UI. 🐕 🌴 🌴
It would be quite helpful if the plugins that were available for download from the admin panel were required to indicate the NodeBB version they were compatible with, a date of when it was last updated, or things of that nature so that quickly at a glance you can see if something is older or not compatible anymore as simply having the plugins current version is not that helpful with nothing to compare that against.