Private discourse - read/write access for authorized users only possible?


#1

Hello,

I’d like to limit read/write access to my discourse site to a limited set of possible users. John Q Public shall neither have read nor write access to any of our discussions. Is there a way to realize this?

I may be able to get a list of the allowed users’ email addresses. Alternatively, I could send out the website information to the allowed users, trusting them not to share this with others. Perhaps there are other ways to limit accessibility?

I write code for embedded computing, but am a beginner on the systems admin side, fwiw.

Grateful for any help -

AKuehnle


(Régis Hanol) #2

Here are a few site settings that you might find useful

  • invite only: Public registration is disabled, all new users must be explicitly invited by other members or staff.
  • login required: Require authentication to read content on this site, disallow anonymous access.
  • must approve users: Staff must approve all new user accounts before they are allowed to access the site.

#3

Thank you - that is very helpful.

How do I set the password/user name then, please? A generic username would be fine.


(Régis Hanol) #4

Just invite the users you want to have access to your Discourse using their email address and they’ll do the rest (choose their username and password)


#5

Ah, that is wonderfully simple. Thank you!


(Matt Palmer) #6

Another site setting that might be of interest is email domains whitelist – this allows you to restrict the domains of e-mail addresses that can sign up to the site. Can be handy if you want (for instance) a company-internal site, where everyone is guaranteed to have a company-provided e-mail address.