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I was wondering if there is a way to restrict the viewing of entries to a forum while still enabling the Forum itself to be visible and able to accept posts.  Example:

I would like to setup a forum to use a posting template that asks personal questions in a sort of application form manner.  However I do not want regular users to be able to view other applicants responses. I would like it if they can view their own but that also is not necessary. is there a way to do this? I tried unchecking view access but then the can't even see the forum  therefor they can't fill out the application.
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Also is there a way to make a post template Default for the first topic post but NOT for all subsequent posts?
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Ok noticing bug in Post Templates.  When I use a post template if I have set default when I click reply the reply form has the Post template added to it but if I choose N/A from the drop down (choose post template) and click use it simply submits the form automatically  (with the post template as is) and does not let me actually add any info. Conversely if I uncheck the make default for the forum (when setting up the post template) then the forum topic starts out blank when adding and so if I choose the template and click use it Auto submits the form right away but spits out an error about not filling out anything.
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Think I posted the fix for this yesterday or the day before on the forum, don't think it was to you so you probably don't have that.

(We need to get a new release with all the fixes, lol – I think with time people explore the deeper aspects of ocPortal in parallel and hence find issues in parallel)


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Sorry I missed that fix. Thank you.

I am still wondering about my other questions though, speifically:

Duck said

I was wondering if there is a way to restrict the viewing of entries to a forum while still enabling the Forum itself to be visible and able to accept posts.  Example:

I would like to setup a forum to use a posting template that asks personal questions in a sort of application form manner.  However I do not want regular users to be able to view other applicants responses. I would like it if they can view their own but that also is not necessary. is there a way to do this? I tried unchecking view access but then the can't even see the forum  therefor they can't fill out the application.
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'No' is the only answer really I'm afraid, unless some custom coding is done.


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Curious, but wouldn't creating either a catalogue or a "quiz" work for this situation?

You could create a catalogue to be filled out, and set the permissions so that either they stay unvalidated or are not viewable I believe. I don't know for certain if you can set the permission so that the submitter can view the entry without allowing for everyone else to view.

That is why I also suggest maybe making it like a quiz, but not sure if the quiz module would really fit your needs here. The catalogue module though sounds like a perfect fit almost. After all…

1.) You were wanting to use post templates to set up a questionaire that they could fill out; the catalogue tool lets you make forms that can be filled out thus allowing you to create this questionaire.

2.) You want them to be able to fill out a questionaire but not view other entries; the catalogue lets you set it so that the submitted forms have permissions that aren't viewable to others (as I recall).

Of course, you could set up the particular forum so that in the questionaire forum posts that are submitted must be validated by staff. The submitter I think can always see their unvalidated stuff as can you (site admin). So that should fit the bill decently as well. IMO, catalogue may work better for this, but its all up to you!

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Yeah I was considering a Catalogue but i find many users seem to prefer forum integrated stuff and I thought it would be a good place to utilize the Forum Templates.  However Catalogues might be my preferred route until I have time to dive in with the forum stuff I think.
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