View Forum as User X


Just wondering if it possible to have an option where the forum can be viewed as a non-staff member without having to create a separate non-staff account? I feel it would be useful to see the forum through the eyes of members, not to spy on them but to see where the forum needs shoring up.

(Joshua Rosenfeld) #2

Doesn’t impersonate user accomplish this?

(Jeff Atwood) #3

It does but only the admin account used for initial setup has permission to impersonate others.

(Joshua Rosenfeld) #4

Should this be corrected then?

(Jeff Atwood) #5

I have never fully understood the distinction so you would need to,direct that at @sam.

(Sam Saffron) #6

Admin can impersonate anyone except for admins

Developers can impersonate anyone

(Joshua Rosenfeld) #7

So my original suggestion stands? Simply impersonate the user that you want to see what they see?

(Jeff Atwood) #8

Yes with the caveat that most admins will not be able to impersonate admins.

(Mittineague) #9

Be aware that impersonating a member may affect some statistics. for that member. eg. “last seen”.

It is as though that member actually logged in and did whatever was done during the impersonation.

(Sam Saffron) #10

Keep in mind, “impersonating” is there mainly as a “debugging” tool, it was never intended to be something you use regularly.

(mountain) #11

For all the work involved under the hood, plus the moral implications, I would suggest you make that dummy account for your purposes.

I made one for the same exact reason while on SMF 2.0 RC, and it worked well for any situation where I needed to view the forum as a regular member, without compromising a member’s privacy for a reason most would consider trivial.