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I want my users to first to activate their accounts so they can use all the features in the site.
There is a field in wp_users table named user_status which its default value is 0.
I wonder what's that field for?
Should I use a user_meta to indicate the activation status of my users.

P.S. The registration of users is handled manually through a plugin I'm writing.

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I would use my own usermeta to handle it to avoid having any sort of crossover issues with plugins/future updates. It should also allow you greater flexibility in what you store in the usermeta.

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Thank you, I think you're right. I will do as you said. –  Hamed Momeni Feb 5 '12 at 6:13
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