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Permissions

Permissions in JForum - also called Roles - are defined for Groups, at Admin Panel -> Groups -> Permissions. The following table describes the permissions available in JForum. Every time you add a new group you must properly set its permissions.

How permissions work

JForum uses a restrictive security model, which means that "If it is not there, then it is not accessible". This ensures more security, with the drawback of being a bit more complex to understand and configure the roles.

Some considerations:

  1. Most roles are restrictive, which means that selecting a category or forum from the list will make the resource unavailable to the user or group being edited.
  2. Choosing "Allow All" will turn the resource available for all categories or forums. Exceptions to the case will be written in the permission box, when applicable.

Listing of existing permissions

Permission nameDescription
Is AdministratorIf Yes, users from this group will have access to the Admin Panel
Restricted categoriesChoose the categories you want to restrict access, or Allow all to allow this group to access all currently existing categories
Restricted forumsChoose the forums you want to restrict access, or Allow all to allow this group to access all currently existing forums
Deny anonymous postsChoose the forums you don't want to allow posting from anonymous users. If selecting Allow all, anonymous posting will be allowed for all forums
Reply onlyChoose the forums where you don't want to allow the creation of new topics. In this case, only replying to existing topics will be allowed. Useful for announcements forums
Can create sticky or announcement topicsIf Yes, users from this group will be allowed to create Sticky or Announce topics
Can create poll topicsIf Yes, users from this group will be allowed to create polls
Can vote on pollsIf Yes, users from this group will be allowed to vote on existing polls. Choosing No will deny voting.
Read-only forumsChoose the forums where you don't want to allow any new topics of replies. Choosing Allow all will disable this role, being possible to create and reply to topics on all forums. Please note that the Reply only role is still valid.
Moderation of repliesTo moderate or not replies to moderated Forums. Choosing Allow all will disable moderation of replies, while selecting some forum will force replies to wait for moderation
HTML MessagesChoose the forums you don't want to allow HTML in the messages. If selecting Allow all, HTML will be widely available for all users in the group.
Enable karmaIf karma should be allowed or not
Enable bookmarksIf bookmarks should be allowed or not
Enable attachmentsChoose the forums where you want to allow users to attach files to their messages. Allow all will enable all forums to have attachments
Allow download of existing attachmentsThis is useful when you disable attachments, but still want to allow users to download existing attachments. if selecting No, it will not be possible to download the files. Also, please note that if the previous role is allowed for the same forum, then downloads will automatically be allowed, no matter what is chosen here.
Can see Moderation Activity LogSet it to Yes if you want users from the group to access the page which tracks the moderation activity from Moderators
Can see full Moderation Activity LogIf Yes, users from the group will be allowed to view all data from the moderation logs, like the Moderator who performed the action and the original message (in case of editing of removing one)
Is a moderatorIf users from the group should be considered a Moderator or not. Note that being a Moderator does not mean being allowed to perform all moderation tasks.
can approve / deny messages in moderated forumsSet to Yes if you want to allow the group to control the approval of messages pending for moderation
Can remove postsIf Yes, users from this group will be allowed to remove messages from all other users
Can edit messagesIf Yes, users from this group will be allowed to edit messages from all other users
can move messages between forumsIf Yes, users from this group will be allowed to move topics from one forum to another
Can lock and unlock topicsIf Yes, users from this group will be allowed to lock and unlock any topic.