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I've looked to see if this has aleady been asked and answered but I couldn't find anything, so I will ask it.

I want to set up a new forum on my site, but I want only certain people to be able to post to it, but I want ALL visitors (logged-in or not) to be able to read it.

How do I do that?

I thought I could set up a new User Group, but when I do that, then it becomes a private forum for only those users, and I don' want that.

Thanks in advance for any help

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As far as I know, you can only set the forum plugin to allow read/write access or deny read/write access. No in-between.

You can always install phpbb2 forum with the phpbbridge.
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You can also set Permissions for certain users within the forum admin panel. Another option is and depending on what type of box your site is running on, you can pasword protect the directory that your forum runs in. You can setup users with username and passwords. My site is running on a Plesk box that allows the end user a secure control panel. Once inside the contol panel, you can pasword protect directories along with the users that are able to access them using their provided username and password. This is a function that only the owner of the website can access. I would definetly not be giving out access to YOU control panel for your site. But you can administer a lot of options and other cool toys if you happen to be on such a box. You should check to see what your hosting provider has it on.
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Thanks for the reply vadertech!

we actually host our own site and a couple of others, so access for me is no problem.

But, because of some many other projects going on right now, I really don't want to mess around to much with our current forums.

I think I"ll just make the forum private for now and then once we close it we will lock it and then make it public for all to see.

Seems like that will work for what we want.


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One other option if your using version 2.5 of the forum plugin is to setup the forum as a readonly forum and make the limited number of users that can post moderators of this one forum giving them basic edit moderator rights. Granted they could edit each others posts but wanted to suggest the option anyways.
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