Setting Forum Permissions

After filling in the settings and continuing, phpBB will tell you it created the forum, and it gives you a link to start filling in permissions—another nice touch (before, you had to remember to set permissions). Permissions in phpBB 3.0 are vastly expanded over version 2.0, with the introduction of access control lists (ACLs). The new ACLs work with both individual users and user groups, as shown in Figure 8-27. You can add groups or users to the list and apply permissions to each object.

Figure 8-27. The first permissions screen, where you select the user or group you wish to set access rights for

When you click Submit, don't panic. There's an enormous list of permissions here, allowing you to restrict (or permit) more than you ever thought possible, as shown in Figure 8-28. Luckily for us, phpBB 3.0 explains each permission in a far easier to understand fashion than in previous versions. You can use the Presets menu to turn them all on or off. Don't be surprised if the final release of phpBB 3.0 comes with even more presets. The form at the very bottom permits you to set your own presets—yet another one of those nice touches.

» Permissions

Permissions are based on a simple YES / WO system, Setting an option to NO for a user or usergroup overrides any other value assigned to it. If you do not wish to assign a value for an option for this user or group select UNSET. If values are assigned for this option elsewhere they will be used in preference, else NO is assumed.

Permissions

Selected User; Jared

Here you can alter which users and groups can access which forums. To assign moderators or define administrators please use the appropriate page (see left hand side menu).

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Can create polls

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Update | | Cancel |

To update or delete an en Select preset: Preset name;

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Figure 8-28. phpBB 3.0 has many policies for the user. Thank goodness for presets!

Clicking the Update button does what you expect: it updates the permissions for the user. It's a very cool system, and an unbelievably powerful one.

So what exactly happened? When you visit the test forum, sure enough, there's another forum inside it, as shown in Figure 8-29. It's a great method of organization.

Figure 8-29. A forum inside a forum

As of this prerelease version of phpBB 3.0, it appears you can have as many levels as you want, which might be counterproductive. Ideally, two levels is quite enough. Anything more than that might make things too complex.

Tip If you absolutely must have sub-forums in your phpBB 2.0 installation, rejoice! There is a modification available for the phpBB 2.0 series that installs a sub-forum feature on your board. It has been well tested and works remarkably well. Obtain it from a site such as http://www.phpbbhacks.com, and then flip ahead to Chapter 11 to find out how to install it.

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