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Managing and Moderating Conferences

Forums provides a means to distribute some of the tasks involved in managing and maintaining a conference. An administrator can appoint conference managers and forums moderators.

Conference managers

Conference managers have the same access to a conference as an administrator. Managers can create and remove forums, groups, and users and perform all other maintenance and configuration duties.

When a user has been defined as a member of a group with conference managing permission, additional buttons appear in the conference button bar for approving users and messages, and for starting the Forums Administrator. The A* button indicates the current user has conference manager permissions.

To enable conference manager permission:

  1. Start the Forums Administrator by loading the following URL:
    http://web_server_root/Forums/Admin/Index.cfm?cfapp=1
  2. Click the Conference Manager button.
  3. Click the Groups button.
  4. Select an existing group name to which you want to add manager permissions or create a new group.
  5. Click the Rights button.
  6. Click to enable the Manage conference checkbox. Click Finish.

Forums moderators

A moderator’s main responsibility is to approve users and messages. Administrators and managers can set up conferences to require users to register and be approved before entering a conference. In addition, a conference can require all messages to be approved before appearing in the conference. When a user has been defined as a member of a group with moderator permission, two additional buttons appear in the conference button bar for approving users and messages, the U* and M* buttons:

An additional series of buttons is available in each message for editing, moving, and deleting messages:

Moderators are appointed for an entire conference or for a forum. When a forum requires messages to be approved, messages are routed to the forum moderator for approval. Once approved, they are posted to the forum and email notification is automatically sent to the user who posted the message.

To enable conference moderator permission:

  1. Start the Forums Administrator by loading the following URL:
    http://web_server_root/Forums/Admin/Index.cfm?cfapp=1
  2. Click the Conference Manager button.
  3. Click the Groups button.
  4. Select an existing group name to which you want to add moderator permissions, or create a new group.
  5. Click the Rights button.

Select to enable the Moderate all forums checkbox.

To enable forum moderator permission:

  1. Open the Forums Manager and select the forum in which you want to enable moderator permission.
  2. Click the Groups button.
  3. Select a group name assigned to the forum. If no group has been assigned to the forum, click a group in the Available Groups list box and click the right arrow to add the selected group to the current forum.
  4. Click the Rights button.
  5. Click the Access and moderation enabled radio button to enable moderation permission for the forum.

 

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