Forums allows you to manage conference participation with user accounts. User accounts are generally organized into user groups, each of which is defined with the appropriate permissions for the group. By default, when you create a new user account, the new user is defined as a member of the Forums default group Everyone. Although you don't need to reassign the user to a different group, you may want to give the new user a specific role, such as conference manager or moderator. These permissions are defined in the Conference Manager as part of the group permissions for a specific conference.
Typically, you employ user accounts only when you are also using some form of user authentication. See Authentication for more information.
There are several ways of managing users:
You use the User Manager to administer user accounts, including assigning users to specific user groups.
To start the User Manager, click the User Manager button from the Forums Administrator.