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V.T. Eric Layton

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V.T. Eric Layton

A member PM'd me asking the above question earlier today. I want to answer that question here for general knowledge/instruction for everyone to see so that they will understand and not need to be concerned.

 

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Guests are common visitors to our board. Many are just bots snarfing data for search engines and whomever/whatever. Some are real people, though, who've been brought here usually by links elsewhere (other boards, social media, or search engine results). Below is a brief overview of what Guests can do when they come to this board.

 

Guests have READ ONLY access to the following board/forums:

 

The Highlands

 

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Guests can Browse:

 

  • Forums
  • Calenders
  • Staff
  • Online Users

 

Guests can also view:

 

  • Activity (All, except that which Permissions disallow such as posts outside of the Highlands board
  • Guests may also Search the board/forums they are allowed access to

 

Guests CANNOT view Member Profiles.

 

And that's about it, folks. Guests are locked down otherwise, so breath easy.

 

~Eric

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securitybreach

Yup :thumbsup:

 

I believe that it has always been this way though. Most forums that I know of use a similar model, although some allow you to look at profiles without logging in.

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V.T. Eric Layton

Actually, the member who asked about this was concerned that guests could see profiles of members. I didn't think they could, but I was wrong. I adjusted those permissions to specifically disallow profile views by guests from now on. I don't even remember if guests could see the profiles on the older versions of the board. I think they may have been able to then also. :(

 

Anyway, all gooder now. ;)

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securitybreach

Good deal :)

 

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V.T. Eric Layton

I don't really care about anyone seeing my Profile. When I create them on different boards and social media, I expect them to be public, so there's nothing in them that concerns me were they to be viewed by a stranger.

 

 

 

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V.T. Eric Layton

H3LL, it bothers me more for folks to be able to see that I had to edit that post above. ;)

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1 minute ago, V.T. Eric Layton said:

I don't really care about anyone seeing my Profile. When I create them on different boards and social media, I expect them to be public, so there's nothing in them that concerns me were they to be viewed by a stranger.

 

 

 

 

Same here :thumbsup:

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