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Using forum permissions

SNAPboard supports four types of access permissions at the category level. They are:

  • View — limits the visibility of the category itself
  • Read — limits the availability of the contents (topics and posts)
  • Post — limits the ability to post in existing topics
  • Create thread — limits the ability to create new discussion topics

Each permission type can be set independently to one of the following values:

  • Nobody — the permission is granted only to superusers
  • All (except for post and new thread permissions) — no restrictions apply
  • User — the permission is granted to any registered user
  • Custom — the permission is granted to a group of users, specified by a group object, as well as to any superuser.

Permission settings can be adjusted on the SNAPboard administration interface, on the page of their respective category.


SNAPboard defines groups of user independent of those defined by Django's auth application. Each of the four permission settings that belong to a category can be set to a custom group. Only users who belong in that group would be allowed the actions restricted by the permission type for that category.

For example, if you want your boards to include a private category for selected members, start by creating a group in the administration interface. Select any users you want to be members of the group. You can also grant administrative privileges for users you trust but are not allowed to access the site's admnistration interface: it will allow them to invite users to the group, remove users from the group and grant and remove administration privileges for the group.

Then, create a category and set all four permission settings to Custom. Then, set the View group, Read group, Post group and Create thread group settings to the group you just created. Anyone not in the group—and not a superuser—will not be able to view the category in listings, post into it or access any of its contents.


The administration interface in your project very likely shows two classes named Group whose objects can be edited. SNAPboard is concerned only with its own Group class, not the one provided by Django's auth application. While both classes implement groups of users for authorization purposes, they are not useful in the same set of cases.