1 common.inc flood_is_allowed($name, $threshold, $window = 3600, $identifier = NULL)

Checks whether a user is allowed to proceed with the specified event.

Events can have thresholds saying that each user can only do that event a certain number of times in a time window. This function verifies that the current user has not exceeded this threshold.


$name: The unique name of the event.

$threshold: The maximum number of times each user can do this event per time window.

$window: Number of seconds in the time window for this event (default is 3600 seconds, or 1 hour).

$identifier: Unique identifier of the current user. Defaults to their IP address.

Return value

TRUE if the user is allowed to proceed. FALSE if they have exceeded the: threshold and should not be allowed to proceed.


core/includes/common.inc, line 1594
Common functions that many Backdrop modules will need to reference.


function flood_is_allowed($name, $threshold, $window = 3600, $identifier = NULL) {
  if (!isset($identifier)) {
    $identifier = ip_address();
  $number = db_query("SELECT COUNT(*) FROM {flood} WHERE event = :event AND identifier = :identifier AND timestamp > :timestamp", array(
    ':event' => $name,
    ':identifier' => $identifier,
    ':timestamp' => REQUEST_TIME - $window))
  return ($number < $threshold);