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Offline New_User

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Admins do HAVE the option of allowing membergroups on registration. But as things stand, new users can completely ignore this and sign up without joining any membergroup at all or at the other end, multiple membergroups...

This becomes a problem if you want to set up a forum with clearly defined usergroups each with their own permissions and exclusive boards...

For example, lets say we want to call our forum 'Marriage Counselling' and its populated with 3 different groups - Husbands, Wives, Counsellors. Now these 3 groups will of course have common topics of interest but other times they'll prefer discussing things within their own group. So we create a forum with open boards as well as membergroup-only boards.

With the current 'membergroups facility' on Createaforum there is just a lot of extra hassle...

A user can select more than one membergroup - and this means he/she gains the permissions of ALL membergroups he/she has selected. Back to our example, someone in the 'Husband' group just needs to select 'Wife' and 'Counsellor' and suddenly all boards become viewable/accessible...

This causes havoc with forums with different membergroups and means:

1. Admins have to instruct new users not to join multiple groups even though they there's nothing stopping them from actually joining multiple groups

2. Thus Admins have no other option than to keep doing random 'spot-checks' to ensure users have not selected multiple groups

3. If users still don't follow instructions (either purposely or through carelessness) and still end up joining more than one group, the only option left is for Admins to ban them...

4. As you can probably appreciate, points 1, 2, and 3 create needless tension and and create extra (unnecessary) stress when modding forums with multiple membergroups you'd like to keep separate. If you're constantly having to remind users of forum rules and/or snooping on them and/or banning them... then it doesn't create a very good impression and discourages new users from joining...

*Please introduce an option where admins can prevent users joining more than one membergroup at one time / an option that limits the number of membergroups a user can join (this would just save a lot of hassle)...

Or alternatively

* Even if a user joins multiple membergroups, just ensure that selecting 'make main membergroup' means that the user can only see boards/permissions for the membergroup selected and NOT all membergroups they've  joined
« Last Edit: October 30, 2019, 04:34:57 pm by New_User »

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Re: Introduce a setting to limit the number of membergroups a user can join...
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2019, 08:06:23 pm »
Is this just on on registration or at any time they could join the groups?
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Re: Introduce a setting to limit the number of membergroups a user can join...
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2019, 04:11:22 pm »
Is this just on on registration or at any time they could join the groups?

Hi there, thanks for getting back to me.

As regards your question, in a forum with different membergroups, a user can select multiple groups AT ANY TIME - whether on registration or after.

This of course causes havoc with a forum that has been set up with distinct membergroups to be kept separate (i.e. a forum having boards accessible to certain membergroups but not others).

Joining a group isn't 'mandatory' upon registration but that in itself isn't a problem.The problem lies with the fact that if users join multiple groups (and there's nothing stopping them doing so) they end up gaining the permissions of all groups they've selected.

At registration = CTRL + click to highlight/select multiple groups - (gives you permissions for all groups you've selected)

After registration =  Profile > Forum Profile > Group Membership > Available Groups > Join Group... select multiple groups - (gives you permission for all groups you've selected)

The button 'Make Primary Group' has absolutely no purpose/effect other than to display the selected group name next to the username. That's all it does!

As you can imagine, modding such a forum becomes a nightmare as you have to constantly snoop, ban etc etc in case some users are joining more than one membergroup in order to gain access to boards that normally off-limits to their membergroup.



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