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Meeting summary 2018-07-12: The current status (Answer to Oliver's question) is that new users with zero credits may not post in any forums.
A quick word on Drupal roles: new users are given roles 'authenticated user' and 'community member' when the login. After earning one credit, Drupal gives them role 'verified contributor', which allows forum posting, comments, etc.
It would be easy and quick to change the permissions of the Web site to allow new users with zero credits, aka users with the community member role only, access to one forum. The resulting behavior would be as follows.
- Users with zero-credits may create new posts in the forum 'Getting Started'- or any other forum we chose.
- Users with zero-credits may comment in any post in forum 'Getting Started'. However, when they do so the comment is not published. It remains unpublished or hidden until a moderator/admin publishes the comment.
- It is easy to setup a new rule to send an email to the moderator mailing list when a new comment is available for moderation.
- Users with zero-credits may also comment on News items in the same way as above, i.e., they are moderated.
- Technically these users may comment on any non-forum node in a moderated way. There happens to be no other node types on our Web site that allow comments other than News.
- Users with zero-credits may NOT post in another forum or write comments in any other forum.
- Is is possible for our moderators/admins to ban these zero-credit users.
I raised a concern about SPAM-ers creating account and flooding the forums. One idea Oliver presented is: if this gets out of hand, we find a way to implement the reCAPTCHA model when users post new forum content, but only for the users with zero-credits.
Lastly, we should obviously tell our E@H Moderators about any policy changes regarding this so they are prepared for new users, some of whom may be SPAM-ers, posting in forums and making comments.
Update: I've changed the category of this ticket from Question to Improvement.