What members are allowed to see and do

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There are a number of different types of things that members can be allowed to see and do on the forum, and a few different places an administrator needs to go to, in order to change these settings. Most of the things that members can do are handled by allowing membergroups to do them, while a few of these settings are applied to individual members, regardless of which membergroups they belong to.

  • The following are set for membergroups:
    • Almost everything members can do on forum boards, topics, posts is set through board permission profiles.
    • One exception is that the permission to see a board is set from modify boards.
    • Permission to do things that are not related to boards, topics, or posts are set in General Permissions.
  • The following are set for individual members:
    • You can give an individual users the ability to control who can join a membergroup
    • You can give an individual user the ability to act as a local moderator for a single board from modify boards

What members can do on boards -- Board Permission Profiles

In SMF 2.0.x, a board permission profile is usually referred to as a permission profile and, sometimes, just as a profile. It is used by an administrator to control what different membergroups (and, therefore, the members in these groups) can see and do. A board permission profile is completely different from the member profile.

Each board permission profile is a list, for every membergroup on the forum, of the things that each membergroup which has that board permission profile can do, for example, start topics, reply to topics, modify own posts, or delete own replies.

Board permission profiles are only found in SMF versions 2.0 onwards. All versions of SMF use default board permissions. To learn more about making changes to default board permissions and working with board permission profiles, please read All about permission profiles.

Creating permission profiles allows administrators to pre-set permissions profiles which can then be applied to individual boards. Each profile allows the permissions to be set by membergroup. That profile can then be applied to one (or more) individual boards. When a profile (other than "default") is applied to a board, the permissions defined by the profile will override the standard permissions of the site (set under "Permissions"), but only for that specific board.

The Permission Profile section comes with several pre-set profiles, like "Read Only" and "Reply Only".

Who is allowed to see which board

In SMF, the ability to see a board is not handled with permissions. To see which membergroups are allowed to view a board, go to Administration Center > Boards > Modify Boards and click the "modify" link on the same line as the board name. To see which boards a given membergroup is allowed to view, go to Administration Center > Members > Membergroups > Edit Membergroups, choose the "modify" link on the same line as the membergroup name, and click the [Show boards] link.

Who can manage membergroup members

This is carried out in Edit Member Groups Administration Center > Members > Membergroups, which is a list of membergroups. Click on the group name to see a list of information about the membergroup, as well as a list of all its members. Click on the modify link to see additional information and settings for this membergroup. Enter the usernames those members who you want to manage the membergroup in question.

Who can moderate single boards

If you want someone to be able to moderate one or two boards, rather than all the boards on your forum, add that member to the board moderator list by going to Administration Center > Boards > Modify Boards. This member will have all the permissions that belong to the moderators group, but only when they are working on topics in that specific board.