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How do I add users and grant posting access to my community?

First of all, as the community's maintainer, you don't have to do anything if you created the community using the "Open Membership" option with posting access given to "All Members". Those options allow any Blurty user to obtain membership and posting access in your community, by joining it without seeking your approval.

To elaborate on that: when you create a community, you decide whether membership will be open or closed, and whether all members will have posting access. If later you change your mind about how those options should be set, you need to go back to and re-create the community using new settings. Enter the relevant maintainer and community usernames and passwords, choose the new level of access, and then click "Create Community". (The community's journal, Friends list, etc., will not be destroyed; only the settings you enter differently will be changed.)

On the other hand, if you've deliberately made your community a closed community, or you don't allow all of your members to post, then you can grant individual users access to your community by going to the Administration Console, located at:

There are two commands regarding communities and membership; "community" and "shared". The "community" command, when used properly, can easily upgrade people to being a member of a community. The "shared" command allows certain users posting access to a community, if the posting access rule is selective.

Before visiting the console, make sure that you are logged in. Remember that only the maintainer of a community can use the commands in the console area.

Commands are entered as single words on a line, with no brackets. Brackets you see here are for reference purposes only. Words in angle brackets represent required arguments to ensure the command works.

Adding A User To A Closed Community:
The command for adding a user to a closed community would be:
        community <community> <action> <user>


        community = the initial command
        <community> = the username of the community
        <action> = either add or remove
        <user> = username of member to be added or removed

So, for example, to add the user 'test' to my community named 'communitytest', the command would be as follows:

        community communitytest add test

Allowing A User Posting Access To A Community:
In the same manner, if you wanted to allow someone to post in your community, the command would be:
        shared <community> <action> <user>


        shared = the initial command
        <community> = the username of the community
        <action> = either add or remove
        <user> = username of member to be added or removed

And the example command to allow the user 'test' to post in the community 'communitytest' would be:

        shared communitytest add test

Last Updated:
miaow, 2002-10-04


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