Giving just "Add" permissions

Topics: Developer Forum
May 18, 2006 at 10:31 PM
If set permissions on a forum for a group of users and only give them "Add" permission, it makes the forum invisible. It would be kind of cool to allow users to only post in a forum without letting them read anything in it.
Coordinator
May 19, 2006 at 12:01 AM
Sorry John, you need Read to first see the forum in the list or access it. Then you get other permissions (Edit, Reply, Add, etc.)

Just curious why you would want to be able to add but not view?
May 19, 2006 at 4:56 AM
Well, there would be possibilities for submitting requests that would contain sensitive information. For an example, I work in a university, where we use sharepoint as a collaboration tool for students and professors. Something like this would allow the professor to give a spot quiz where the students submit answers without seeing the answers of the other students. Another example off the top of my head would be something like asking HR for information on various things that while not confidential, people would feel uncomfortable about asking in public.
May 19, 2006 at 4:59 AM
Gah.. I hit enter.. Anyway, I was going to say that it is not something that I would consider worth spending much time on, just a nice benefit if all it required was a line or two of code.
Coordinator
May 19, 2006 at 12:13 PM
Interesting idea. I guess I could change it so if you had any right then you could see the forum.
Coordinator
May 19, 2006 at 12:15 PM
Going back to your original note, you said "It would be kind of cool to allow users to only post in a forum without letting them read anything in it."

I'm not quite sure how that would work logistically. I mean, they have to see the forum to be able to see a link to add a post. Even if I gave them rights, how can they see the forum to add but not read. It seems like a chicken/egg problem.
May 19, 2006 at 3:42 PM
Wouldn't it look the same as a forum without any posts? Just a new topic link.
Coordinator
May 19, 2006 at 5:14 PM
Yeah, I'm just looking at it now and it's odd. A page with the topics (which would normally display a list of topics) but nothing there.

I'll have to try it out but it just seems odd to me.

I guess it would be fine for those that could see the topics but if you can't reply to a topic (since you can't see them) then all topics are going to have 1 message in them.

Just seems odd.
May 19, 2006 at 6:39 PM
"Something like this would allow the professor to give a spot quiz where the students submit answers without seeing the answers of the other students."

Sounds like what the SharePoint survey list is for.

"Another example off the top of my head would be something like asking HR for information on various things that while not confidential, people would feel uncomfortable about asking in public."

That sounds like what e-mail is for. :) If others can't read it to discuss it, what's the point of putting it in a discussion board.
May 22, 2006 at 3:39 PM
As for the quiz thing, after it's over, the answers can be made viewable by everyone to discuss.
May 22, 2006 at 3:41 PM
GAH! Hit enter again... With the HR idea, administrators on the site would be able to view all the posts. It means that anyone in HR can work on an issue, or several people can, which is not practical with email.
Coordinator
May 23, 2006 at 3:02 PM
I hear you John and get what it would be like, but it sort of defeats the notion of a discussion board where discussion and collaboration is the center of attention (IMHO).

Since you really are not using the categories and feature of the forum I don't see why you couldn't setup just a regular list (with item permissions) for this.