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Developing MemberGroups
Jan 4th, 2009 at 4:13am
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Post Dependent Membergroups
  Are Members who are promoted automatically upon completing a certain specified number of Posts.
 Each level can  be edited, for Color, Stars and Other ...
 They maybe renamed anything the Forum Administrator desires.
 The God, Senior and Junior Membergroups can be Deleted or additional Other named Membergroups (at different levels of Posts) can be added.

Never remove the YaBB Newbie Membergroup, nor change the Post requirement !  The group can be renamed, Colors, Stars or Other Changed.
The Membergroup with the Post requirement of -1 (Minus One) is the default Membergroup newly Registered Members automatically enter after Verification and/or Completion of Registration.
The Admin can Promote any user in this Membership to higher levels if desired by editing the user's Profile/Admin Edits page and increasing the Post count.

Removal of the Post Dependent Membergroup having a (-1) post count, will cause new Registered Members to be in Limbo, having NO rights nor permissions within the Forum until an Admin or Global Moderator (if allowed) manually places them into a member group.  Normally Restrictions of Permissions is set by the Admin when editing boards for the "Newbie" and these are automatically used as defaults for this user group.
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Video Tutorial - How to Make a Post-Dependent Member Group
Reply #1 - Aug 4th, 2008 at 3:04am
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Please read before watching the video.

Note: Post-Dependent Member Groups are groups that members are automatically assigned to based solely on their total number of posts.  There is no action necessary by the Admin for a user to move between these groups.  Once the user reaches the minimum number of posts required to be in a particular group, the user is moved to the new group.

The user can be "forced" into a particular Post-Dependent Member Group by the Admin adjusting the user's post count.  To do this, the Admin edits the user's Profile/Admin Edits page and enters a value in the post count box above the minimum post count for the desired group, but less than the minimum number of posts for the next highest group (if there is one).

For the puposes of this tutorial, there is only one existing Post-Dependent Member Group called "YaBB Newbies."  We will be creating a new Post-Dependent Member Group called "YaBB Pros" and will select the following options for this new group:


Name: YaBB Pros
# Stars: 4
Star Type: Silver Star
Color: Sky Blue
Type: Post Dependent.
# of Posts: 100

We will not select any of the "disallow" permissions.


The tutorial starts with the Admin logged in viewing the main forum page (the Board Index).  Scrolling to the Users Online section, we notice that there are 6 Member Groups shown.

We click on the Admin tab on the Main Menu bar to go to the Admin Center, then in the Member Controls section, select Member Groups.  Here, in the Edit Member Groups screen, we go to the Post Dependent Member Group section and click on the "Add Group" link.

In the Add Member Group screen, we will add all the options listed above and click on the Save button.  This returns us to the Edit Member Group Screen where we can see the new group is listed above the YaBB Newbies group.  

Now we click on the "Return to your forum" link and go back to the Board Index where we can see the new Member Group listed in the right side of the Users Online section.


How to Make a Post-Dependent Member Group Tutorial
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Video Tutorial - How to Move a User into a Different Post-Dependent Member Group
Reply #2 - Aug 4th, 2008 at 3:11am
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Please read before watching the video.

Note: Post-Dependent Member Groups are groups that members are automatically assigned to based solely on their total number of posts.  There is no action necessary by the Admin for a user to move between these groups.  Once the user reaches the minimum number of posts required to be in a particular group, the user is moved to the new group.

The user can be "forced" into a particular Post-Dependent Member Group by the Admin adjusting the user's post count.  To do this, the Admin edits the user's Profile/Admin Edits page and enters a value in the post count box above the minimum post count for the desired group, but less than the minimum number of posts for the next highest group (if there is one).

For the puposes of this tutorial, there are two existing Post-Dependent Member Groups called "YaBB Newbies" and YaBB Pros."  We will be moving the user "Dalmatian" from the Newbies group to the Pros group.


The tutorial starts with the Admin logged in viewing the post view page (the Message Index).  The post we're viewing was made by the user Dalmatian, and we can see he has 1 post and is in the YaBB Newbies member group.

To change Dalmatian's Post Dependent Member Group, we have to manually adjust his total number of posts, which can be found in his Profile/Admin Edits section.  We have to know what minimum number of posts it takes for a user to automatically move into the group we wish to place them in.  In this case, it takes 100 posts minimum to move into the YaBB Pros group.  So we will manually adjust his total posts from 1 to 100.

To do that, we click on Dalmatian's displayed name which takes us to his profile page.  At the top right of the page we click on the Modify button, enter the admin password, then click on Admin Edits.  On this page we change the number in the Posts box from 1 to 100 then scroll down and save changes.  This returns us to Dalmatian's profile page and we can see he has 100 posts and is now in the YaBB Pros Post Dependent Member Group.  

We can go back to the original post by clicking on Home, Board 6, and the topic name (Test Post to Demonstrate Member Groups).  Again we see Dalmatian with 100 posts and in the YaBB Pros Post Dependent Member Group.


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Video Tutorial - How to Make a Post-Independent Member Group
Reply #3 - Aug 10th, 2008 at 5:11am
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Note: Post-Independent Member Groups are groups that members are manually assigned to by the Administrator or Global Moderator.  PI Member Groups are a convenient way to control access or permissions for a group of members.

For the puposes of this tutorial, there are three existing Post-Independent Member Groups; "Small Dogs," "Medium Dogs," and "Huge Dogs."  We will add another PI Member Group called "Big Dogs." Then we will move the group so it shows up in the listing between Medium Dogs and Huge Dogs.

When We create the new Post-Dependent Member Group "Big Dogs," we will select the following options:

Name: Big Dogs
# Stars: 4
Star Type: Gold Star
Color: Lime
Type: Post Independent.
Public: checked
Choosable by User: unchecked

We will not select any of the "disallow" permissions.



The tutorial starts with the Admin logged in, in the Admin Center viewing the Edit Member Groups screen.  In the Post Independent Member Groups section, we click on the Add Group link.  This takes us to the Add Member Group screen. 

Here we enter the options listed above in the Note section.  When all items are entered, we click on the Save button at the bottom and as our new member group is created, we are returned to the Edit Member Groups screen.

We notice our new member group "Big Dogs" is now in the list of Post Independent Member Groups, but it is listed at the bottom.  We would like it to be listed between Huge and Medium Dogs.  To move Big Dogs, we click on the Reorder link and go to the Reorder Post Independent Member Groups screen.

We click on the Big Dogs group in the list on the right of the screen, then click twice on the Up button.  This moves the Big Dogs group up so it's just below the Huge Dogs group.  Now we click on the Member Group link in the left side menu to return to the Edit Member Groups screen.  Here we see the Big Dogs group is listed exactly where we wanted it.


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Video Tutorial - How to Assign a User to a Post-Independent Member Group
Reply #4 - Aug 11th, 2008 at 4:33am
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Please read before watching the video.  This is a long one, and somewhat tricky,
but read it through first and watch the video.  It will all make sense.


Note: Post-Independent Member Groups are groups that members are manually assigned to by the Administrator or Global Moderator.  PI Member Groups are a convenient way to control access or permissions for a group of members.

All PI Member Group assignments are done in the member's Profile/Admin Edits section.

It is important to understand the difference between two terms found in the Profile/Admin Edits screen; Member Group and Position.  

The Member Group box is one way to assign a member to one or more PI member groups.  A member will have all the permissions of any group(s) selected in this box.  The group name will display in standard text color, and no identifying stars/colors will display for any group selected in the Member Group box.

The Position Box is used to assign a member to ONE GROUP ONLY, and will control which group's stars/colors will show above the member's avatar in the post view.  If no group is selected, the member's post-DEpendent group's stars/colors are in effect.

An example: You want a member to be in Group A, B, and C, but you only want the stars/colors for Group B to show above the member's avatar in the post view.  You would select Group B in the Position box, and Groups A and C in the Member Group box in that member's Profile/Admin Edit screen.

If no group is selected in the Position box, the member's displayed name and stars will be controlled by whatever Post DEpendent group they belong to.

For the purposes of this tutorial, there are four existing Post-Independent Member Groups.  They are Small Dogs, Medium Dogs, Big Dogs, and Huge Dogs.  We will be changing the Post Independent member groups for the user "Dalmatian" and looking at the response after each change.  Pay close attention to the color of the user's name, the number and color of stars, and any additional member groups listed for the user as we make changes.




The tutorial starts with the Admin logged in viewing the post view page (the Message Index).  The post we're viewing was made by the user Dalmatian, and we can see he has 1 post and is in the YaBB Pros member group, which is a Post-Dependent group.  Dalmatian is not in any Post Independent member group yet.
 
First we will add Dalmatian to the Big Dogs PI Member Group by clicking on Dalmatian's display name, which will take us to his profile screen.  Notice the information in the top section.  We click on the Modify button, enter our password, then go to the Admin Edits screen.  Here, we add Dalmatian to the Big Dogs PI Member Group in the Member Groups selection box.  Save changes, and we're back at Dalmatian's profile - notice "Big Dogs" is listed in gray text under the name, but the color of the name didn't change.  That's because groups selected in the Member Groups box don't effect display name color/number of stars, etc.

We go back to view the original post and notice Big Dogs is listed under Dalmatian's name, but no change in color/stars (which is correct).

Now we are going to add Dalmatian to the Huge Dogs PI Member Group using the Position box, and this time we expect the displayed name color/stars to change.

We go back to Dalmatian's Profile/Admin Edits screen the same way as before.  Now we select Huge Dogs in the Position box and save changes.  On Dalmatian's profile page, we now see the display name is no longer blue, he is in the Huge Dogs AND Big Dogs member groups, and Huge Dogs displays in purple.  Returning to the original post, we notice Dalmatian's name has changed to purple and he has 5 silver stars (properties of the Huge Dogs member group).  We also see both of his member groups listed.

Now we'll go back to Dalmatian's profile one more time, this time we will reverse the selections in the Position and Member Groups boxes; we'll select Big Dogs in the Position box, and Huge Dogs in the Member Group boxes.  

BUT WAIT... I can select Big Dogs in the Position Box.. but Huge Dogs isn't available in the Member Groups box.  So we have to do this in two steps.  First, we select Big Dogs in the Position box and save changes.  Notice Dalmatian's Big Dogs member group name is now green (lime), and Huge Dogs is no longer listed.  We go back to Admin Edits one more time and now Huge Dogs is listed in the Member Groups box, we select it, and save changes.  Now Huge Dogs shows on Dalmatian's profile screen.  Back to the original post and we see Dalmatian's name in green, he now has 4 gold stars (properties of the Big Dogs member group), and both member groups listed.

End of tutorial.


The things to remember about member group colors and stars:
  • If a user is only a member of a Post Dependent member group, that will control their group color/stars.
  • If a user is a member of any Post Independent member groups but NONE of them selected in the Position box, the colors/stars of the Post Dependent group will show.
  • Groups selected in the Member Groups box do not effect colors/stars associated with the member.
  • If a user's Post Independent member group is selected in the Position box, that groups color/stars will show and override any Post Dependent group they may be in.



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