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Can you set forum/node permissions for multiple user groups at the same time?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by CyclingTribe, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    In my IPB Admin Control Panel (ACP) I can select a forum and change the basic permissions for all usergroups from a single page.

    Can I do this in XF or do I have to edit each usergroup's permissions for each separate forum?

    Shaun :D

    PS. 40+ forums x 10 different usergroups is 400+ operations to check the permissions after import ... :eek:
  2. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    They are all individual.

    That is why the base settings, and design approach of your forums is so important. Specifically the 'special' forums such as a staff forum should ideally be grouped with the other special forums - and that category set to Private. Then let only the special people see that category.

    Again, I urge you to what you can before import, much easier that way.
  3. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Okay, that's fine - if that's how it works, fair enough.

    I'll no doubt do a good deal of testing, importing, trashing, and reinstalling to get the hang of things before doing it for real.

    Shaun :D
  4. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    I just came back to suggest that. I did a test import, and was faced with the same issue. I thought through my strategy a bit more, made many changes on the live vb forum by resetting node permission (personally I think that was an important step, those can build up over the years), reduced number of forums & usergroups to a minimum, re-arranged how the forums were set up.. all kinds of things. Then I repeated.

    I believe I did that 3 times and finally made notes of exactly what needed to be done for the final import. It really was not too bad for the final import. I never really used ipb but do own a copy, so I really cannot give input on those details.
  5. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Yes, good idea, I think I'll review the number of usergroups I've got - especially if removing a single usergroup would mean 40 less operations for checking permissions after the migration - a lot of time saved ... (y)

    A bit of user account and older (not visible any more) forum pruning wouldn't go a miss either.

    Shaun :D
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  6. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    It's funny on the subject of usergroup permissions that I had to create a new one in my vB forum yesterday, I did it completely differently than normal, I did it the XenForo way, making it as a secondary group and allowing only the specific access I wanted, it was so much easier.

    I have to say though, GeeksChat is right, the permissions screen in IPB is brilliant for the basic options, listing all the forums and with buttons to set access per column or row too.

    Deans advice is really good here, do what you can in vB first before conversion, I actually intend to strip out most extra usergroups and re-add then in XenForo as this is easier than trying to convert them all. Especially for private/staff forums, where it's easier to use the private option in XF.

    Still, at least you only have to do the conversion once!
  7. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    How does the "Private" setting work?
  8. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    The manual explains it better than I probably can:


    Go down to private node instructions.

    Normally, say in vB, to do a private forum you have to create permissions which explicitly deny access, this can be tedious with lots of usergroups, with XenForo it's the opposite. You mark it "private" then only usergroups with an "allow" setting have access. I guess it kind of inverts the permissions to make it simpler to do.
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  9. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Now that is a good idea. (y)
  10. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The setting filters down through the child nodes too, so you only need to set the top level category as private and all forums under it will also be private.
    GeeksChat likes this.
  11. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    I think it'll take me a while to get the hang of how the node permissions work ... different to what I'm used to. ;)

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