How to resolve “you are not authorised to access this area” message while disapproving the topics in phpBB based forums?

phpBB bulletin board allows the moderators to disapprove or delete the forum topics. Some times when we try to disapproving the forum topics it will show “you are not authorised to access this area” message even though you logged in with valid account to disapprove or delete the topics.

phpBB - You are not authorised to access this area

phpBB – You are not authorised to access this area

This article shows how to delete the topics or posts which are not allowed to disapprove in Moderation queue.

This article applies to:

  • phpBB 3.0.11

Step (1). Log-in to phpBB based bulletin board as an Administrator.

Step (2). Click on the forum you want to moderate.

Step (3). Now click on the “Moderator Control Panel” link to moderate the forum. It will display the Moderator Control Panel page.

Step (4). Click on Main tab.

Step (5). Select View Forum tab within Main tab. It will display all the forum topics.

phpBB - View Forum Topics

phpBB – View Forum Topics

Step (6). Select the topics you want to delete by checking the check-box next to the topics. If you want to select all the topics, click on Mark all link which is bottom of the forum topics.

Step (7). Now select Delete value from “Select desired action” combo box which is displayed bottom of the forum topics (or above on Mark all link). Then click on Submit button.

phpBB - Delete selected forum topics

phpBB – Delete selected forum topics

Step (8). It will prompt you a message “Are you sure you want to delete these topics?”. Click on Yes button to delete the selected forum topics.

phpBB - Delete forum topics confirmation

phpBB – Delete forum topics confirmation

Step (9). Now the selected forum topics will be deleted. Click on Return to the previous page link to go to the previous page or click on Board index link to go to the board index page.

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