Determining Public and Private Sections of Forum

Discussion in 'Community Organization' started by Steve Freides, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Neophyte

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    Hi - first time here, first time posting as well. I found this forum via a link on the XF board.

    I administer a fitness-related board at http://strongfirst.com/community. I have taken advantage of the ability to make some sections public, some private, and some somewhere in between and am curious to know how, if at all, others do manage the related issues of visibility and access.

    E.g., our organization certifies instructors in our methods and some sections of our forum are only visible and only accessible to certified instructors. Each newly certified instructor has to PM me, I verify, and then I make them a member of a group that has rights to those forums. There are other sections of our forum whose existence I make public but whose contents is only visible once someone logs in, e.g., the section where individual members keep training logs.

    Do other folks do anything similar?

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  2. Lisa

    Lisa The Black Widow

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    I'm surprised no one has replied to you already. Welcome to TAZ :)

    You'll find many people have sections on their sites which is locked down to either members or specific usergroups. Sometimes these areas are accessible automatically after they meet specific posting/time registered/other things criteria, at which point further locations become visible. Others will have areas specifically for a certain subset of their members, similar to your area for certified instructors.
     
  3. LeadCrow

    LeadCrow Apocalypse Admin

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    Requiring logging in for basic browsing limits everyone's ability to keep up with site updates while preserving their accounts' security on the go.

    I like keeping everyone on relatively equal browsing and participation rights. Today's newbie will eventually be tomorrow's specialist, so keeping only their posting permissions tied to a verified status suffices to protect otherwise public specialist discussions by filtering out distractions.
     
  4. Joeychgo

    Joeychgo TAZ Administrator

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    Generally -- you want to try to keep as much available to guests as possible because search engines are also guests and those search engines can help you get more members.

    If the search engine cant see threads relevant to the audience you want to attract, they wont be ranking your site content well.
     
  5. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Neophyte

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    Thanks!

    We do allow basic browsing of most of our content without logging in. Just a few things people have to login to see.

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