User ManagerDISCUS Administration Instructions

The User Manager allows moderators to give posting privileges to non-moderators through the creation of "user accounts." Moderators are given privileges to add and remove user accounts as well as to edit the user accounts (by changing the profile or the password without knowledge of the user's current password).

To access the User Manager, click on "User Manager" from the administration program main menu. Then select a group in which you wish to add, remove, or edit users. Note that you can only add, remove, or edit users in those groups to which you belong.

PRO Some features in this section are available in the professional version of this discussion board software only. Those items are indicated with a notation as shown here.

Deleting users

To delete a user, click on the delete icon ([Delete Icon]) next to the user you wish to delete. You may also use the check boxes in the "Mark" column to select the users you wish to delete, and then click on the "Delete Marked" icon. You must click on "OK" to confirm the deletion of a user.

Note that to remove a user completely from the discussion board system, the user must be deleted from all groups to which the user belongs. You must therefore manually remove the user from each group separately.

Editing users

As a moderator, you can set any of the profile options that the user is ordinarily entitled to set, as well as to deny a user the ability to edit his or her own profile. Editing of users is accomplished through an identical interface to that which is used when you edit your own profile.

Adding users

There are two ways to add user accounts to this discussion board. The first is to add one user account at a time. The second is to add many user accounts at a time by pasting a tab-delimited username/password list; this is useful for adding students in a class to a list.

PRO User self-registration

If enabled by the board administrator for the entire board, and by moderators for individual groups, visitors to the board can establish user accounts for themselves by clicking on a button on the "Edit Profile" page through the user interface. The program has certain settings built in to prevent abuse; for example, a username cannot be used that is already in use by any moderator or user registered with the system, and a user account may not register with the same e-mail address as another registered account on the system.


There are four possible settings for user self-registration, which will apply to all user accounts created by users in the group.

When the desired option has been selected, click the "Save Settings" button. The new policy is applied automatically to all future applications for user accounts in this group.

Queued applications

If you enabled the "Queue applications" option as noted in the previous section, user account applications must be acted upon by you (or another moderator with editing privileges in the group). There are two possible actions for a user account, approve or refuse. Approving an account will e-mail the initial password for the account to the specified user. Refusing the account will delete all records of the application for that account.

If there are queued applications when you log in, a notice will be displayed on your main menu that there are queued applications. You can click on that link to go directly to the application queue, or click on "User Manager" and use the link at the bottom of the screen. This brings up the user queue.

On the user queue screen, there are three options:

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