I was thinking it would be cool to have a persistent spoiler forum. For me the biggest hurdle had always been getting it setup so that Good Guys and Bad Guys could be on it at the same time without seeing each other. I finally figured out how to get the permissions right on freeforums.org and set one up.
It is ooww.freeforums.org
I thought we could have one Master login that the Mod of each game could use and change the password for. Right now I think (Hey, it's been like a month since I've thought about it!) the login is
Mod Login: PuppetMaster
When I gave it to Scoop, I had the password as octopus. I suggest that at the end of each game, we change it back to "octopus" so it is ready for whoever wants to pick up the next game.
The way the permissions are set up, everyone should sign up on that board under their OO name. Then the Mod with put them in the appropriate permission group for the game they are playing.
I wrote up a walk through that I think covers everything to set up a game.
- Non Spoiler
Registered is the group people go in when they sign up (like you right now). I have it set so they can't see anything.
Guests is the group for people who don't register. They too get to see nothing.
Good is my idea for Masons. Right now anyone in the group could see the main title forum, but none of the Subforums - so basically nothing.
Evil is for the Bad Guys. They can see the Bad forum only.
Binky-Spoiled is for spoiled . They have full access to all forums.
Binky-Unspoiled is for unspoiled . They have full access only to Non-Spoiler forum.
My suggestion is to have everyone go to the board and sign up before the game starts, then you can make sure they are all in the Registered group only and that no one can see anything. Then move people into the groups you want as you hand out roles.
- After logging in, go to the Admin Control Panel (click the link at the very bottom of the page). You will have to log in again to access the Panel.
- Once in the Panel, verify you are in the Advanced Admin Panel (look at the top right of the screen under the four colored squares).
- Create a new group, go to the Users/Groups tab
- Under the Quick Access title on the left of the screen, click on Manage Groups.
- Click Create Group - this takes you to a new screen
- First line - Group name - name your group!
- Third line - Group type - set radio button to hidden
- Fourth line - Group permissions - if you know a group you want to copy, do that, otherwise don't copy and we'll set later
- 10th line - Group color - choose a color for the group name - makes it easier to manage on the Groups tab, but not strictly necessary
- Click on submit. You can play with the other settings, but they aren't necessary for the group.
- Set a Groups Forum Permissions
- Click on Forums Tab
- Under Forum Based Permissions on right side of page, click on Group's Forum Permissions
- Choose the group you want to set in the drop down box and hit submit
- Under Select a Forum, click the box that says "All Forums" and hit submit
- Choose the access for each forum. I suggest using only No Access of Full Access. Any group with No Role Assigned gets to see forums, so make sure none say that (all the groups that currently exist do no say that. I even took away Bot access.)
- Hit Apply All Permissions and you're done!
- Move a person into a group
- Click on the Users/Groups tab
- Under the Groups heading on the right hand side, click Manage Groups
- Choose the People Icon next to the group where the member currently resides
- Check the box next to the member you want to move
- In the drop down box, click Remove Member from this group
- Confirm Action
- Click on Manage Groups again (Under Group heading on right hand side of page)
- Click People Icon next to the group where you want to add the member
- Under Add Users (half way down page), click Find a Member (easier than trying to remember how everyone spells their name - also can add multiple people at once) - a new window will open
- Check the boxes next to the members you want to add and click Select Marked - window will close
- Click Submit
I strongly suggest you check what a person can see before turning them loose on the board.
- Checking a Users Permissions/Views
- Click Users/Groups tab
- Under Users heading on left hand side, click Manage Users
- Click Find Member
- Select Member
- Under Overview, the first line is their username. Under the name, click Test User's Permissions. This lets you see the board as they see it.
- When you are done looking around, on the line that says Users Control Panel, New Messages, View Posts - the last option is Restore Permissions. Click Restore Permissions to return to the PuppetMaster Permissions. You'll probably have to relogin to the Admin Control Panel if you want to make further changes.
I have to run to a meeting. I think I covered anything. Let me know what I missed. I'll also sign up as stessier so you can move my account around (or you could move scoop20906 around) to see how things work.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Let me know what you guys think.