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Implemented - Test usergroup permissions as admin

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Russ, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    I made a seperate thread due even though this idea was brought up here:


    Brogan originally brought the idea to attention but it does seem as if everyone is still posting about admins logging in as users :cool:

    Any who... other software already have this ability and I love it, I've used it so many times.
    Basically the idea behind it is an admin can click on a user-group in the admin panel to obtain the same permissions as that group. This would allow the admin to quickly browse over permissions of different groups in a live mode rather than viewing tabled information that could be overlooked potentially. Somewhere on the page as you're browsing there's a simple "Revert permissions" or "Back to admin" which would restore your permissions.

    Some say this should be a hack or an add-on but I would rather trust the developers to implement this haha :).

    Some will also say - just make an account to test out the privileges - well so many features that are built into software are put there for EASE.



    I've attached some screenshots in my post here
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  2. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    How hard it is just to make a test account?
  3. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Meh... I'd rather test in another browser with the test user. That way I can make adjustments, and immediately test AS a member of that user group. Having a button that reverts back to Admin just doesn't strike me as being secure.
  4. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    On a forum like mine I have tons of different usergroups that have different access. I would need to go in and reset the user to the new usergroup each time I'm testing something.

    Again... features are built for the use of ease, things are put on the forum to make it easier for admins.
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    This is how it appears in phpBB.
    You view a member's profile and the link is on that profile page: "Test out user's permissions"


    When you're finished, you just click on the link to restore your permissions: "Restore permissions"

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  6. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I'd prefer this over having to create a test user...

    I don't like having accounts that won't really be used for anything other then testing.
  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Same here.

    Unfortunately I created test users before realising that functionality was available <facepalm>
  8. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    I should also state that of course I have yet to see the permission options on XenForo so I'm not sure if this feature would even be needed. phpBB's permission system is a little whacky when it comes to terms of usability; so it was a must on there!
  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member


    Even now after 2 years I still struggle to understand exactly how it all works :D
  10. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Even with a simple permission scheme, something like this might just bring a bit of peace to an admin to make sure they've set things up properly.

    We have a very powerful permission system, but power can bring complexity. I think this is a good approach to dealing with it, without the privacy-type issues of actually logging into the account. While a test account works, it can be hard to replicate everything (such as user-specific permissions).
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  11. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Great stuff Mike!

    I presume then that means it's on the "to do" list?
  12. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    I was tweaking my permissions on FaceBook earlier and I was using the "Preview My Profile as user X" Feature. I was thinking it would make a great addition to xenForo, being able to quickly preview and see things as a particular user, or usergroup.
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  13. Nick

    Nick Well-Known Member

  14. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    I thought that was well, except there was one important functionality that made it differ that suggestion.

    Login as user is more administrative where as Preview as User is more User-Oriented. Plus even as an admin, I probably don't want to be logging in and logging out just to view changes on multiple users.
  15. Nick

    Nick Well-Known Member

    Within that discussion, others brought up different ways of achieving similar functionality, including previewing the forum from a particular user's standpoint.
  16. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    Not usergroup though :)
  17. Lawrence

    Lawrence Well-Known Member

    It is a different suggestion from the referenced link, but at the core they may possibly be the same. As this suggestion focuses on usergroups it should be left separate.

    Personally, I think this idea is pretty good, especially at the usergroup level. I can see it removing many potential headaches from an Admin stand point, without members being concerned with privacy issues.
  18. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    Good suggestion, does remove some doubts of both users and forum staff - although, are there any FaceBook restrictions lying around?
  19. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Excellent suggestion. Confirming that permissions are working as intended is a problem for many admins.
  20. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

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