In a discussion, participants or Teams can have different roles that determine what rights they have to perform certain actions. This article outlines what each role allows participants to do, as well as how to adjust which roles users have in a discussion.
There are five roles a user or Team can have in a discussion: Owner, Admin, Editor, Writer, or Viewer.
As permissions increase, roles have all the rights of the roles previous to them as well as gaining new rights (for example Admins have all the rights of Editors; Editors have all the rights of Writers, and so on).
The Owner is, by default, the creator of a discussion, with the same rights as an Admin. However, Admins are not able to change the Owner’s role. There can only be one Owner in a discussion at any time. An Owner can choose another user to take over the ownership of a discussion if desired (see Transferring Ownership of a Discussion).
Admins have rights relating to the management of the discussion. Admins can modify the discussion settings, change the roles of other users, and invite new participants. They are able to accept suggested claims/comments, or send them back to the suggester for review. Admins can also change the discussion between single- and multi-thesis forms, change tags and the discussion cover image, and edit the background information.
Editors can create, edit, move, and delete all claims in a discussion, as well as mark claims for review.
Writers have the right to create, move, edit or delete their own claims, as well as link claims in other locations in the discussion. Writers can comment on any claims in the discussion, and message the discussion chat.
Viewers have limited rights in a discussion but are able to vote on all claims. If a Viewer wants to add a claim, they need to suggest it (see Suggesting Claims) - the claim is initially only visible to Admins in a discussion. A Viewer can also suggest a comment (see Suggesting Comments).
If a participant in a discussion is also part of a Team that has been invited to a discussion, the higher role is applied. For example, if a participant in a discussion has Writer rights and their Team has Editor rights, they have Editor rights. For more information about Teams on Kialo, see About Teams.
How to Adjust Roles
If you are an Admin or Owner in a discussion, you can manage user roles. To do this, open the Discussion Menu and select ‘Discussion Settings’. Afterward, click on the ‘Invites & Permissions’ tab and navigate to the user list at the bottom of the ‘Invites & Permissions’ section.
To the right of each user, their current role is displayed. To change a user’s role, open the drop-down menu by clicking their current role, and select their new role. Any changes made are saved automatically.
Any users in a discussion can also change their own role in the discussion to a lower one (for example from Editor to Writer), or revoke their permissions entirely. To lower or revoke your role, follow the same steps as above to open the ‘Invites & Permissions’ tab, and change your own role to the desired one. Note that you can’t revert these changes yourself, so be careful!