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Renee,

I’ve done more research on your question.

I’ve turned on the “status” field (in the Chester blog), so now you will see it on the publish page, over on the right side of your screen. By default it is now “closed” so anything you post on the Chester blog will not appear on the web page, but it will appear in the control panel under the “edit” tab. When you change the status from “closed” to “open” it will appear on the web page.

Your students will not be able to change this status.

To get a better idea of the way permissions work, I’ve created a “member” with username=bogus and password=phony. This member is assigned to the “Chester Heritage Reporter” group, which is where your students will be assigned.

If you log off as you and then log back on as “phony” you’ll see that your students will see a different control panel than you do. They will not have a choice of blogs to post in, but only the one they have permission to post in, which is the chester web site. Also, though they can see the status box, which is set to “closed” they cannot change it to “open.”

I should add that though you can restrict access to pages based on whether the person is logged on or not, I don’t yet have the skill to set this up, and I’m not sure when I will be able to figure it out. For now, once you have set a post to “open” everyone on the web will see it. When it is set to “close” you’ll be able to see it in the control panel under the “edit” tab, but it won’t appear on the web site.

To see what’s involved, you can look at the Expression Engine support page here

If you want to have a closed forum, you might be better off with a discussion board rather than a blog. I think it’s important to think of the blog as a publishing forum. Informal and conversational, but still published, and hence a place to take care.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 09/12 at 12:05 AM
  1. Sorry.  That’s a lot to absorb at once.  I’ll have to practice.

    The reason I want it private to begin with is so that students are free to comment.  Then, once we’ve taken out anything about interviewees that could infringe on them, we’ll open it up.  We’ll set a date, or something.  I want to take this a little cautiously.

    Posted by  on  09/13  at  10:38 PM
  2. I could create a discussion forum on edheritage in a separate sub-web, which I could password protect.

    I’m quite sure I can do the same thing on this site, and quite easily, but I need to set the permissions on the server and I don’t know how to do it and no time to figure it out in the near future.

    You remember these forums: http://www.edheritage.org/cgi-bin/bbs/netboard.cgi

    They’re a much improved version of the one you used a few years ago. Christa seemed the only teacher very interested last year.

    Posted by Michael L Umphrey  on  09/15  at  12:27 AM

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