Managing Space Permissions

Spaces are places where users can create content such as documents, discussions, and blog posts just like in social groups, but whether you can create content or manage spaces is controlled by permissions. Permissions for social groups are controlled by adding a user to a user group or creating user override for them.

You can assign space permissions to control whether users can manage the space and how they can access content types within the space. Generally speaking, you assign permissions to user groups, and then create exceptions as needed by overriding permissions for particular users.

Note: Before assigning permissions, be sure you're familiar with permission levels and how to customize them. For more information, see Managing Space Permission Levels.

At a high level, setting space permissions typically includes these steps:

  1. Create user groups that capture how you want to grant access to the community's features.
  2. Set default space permissions. These should represent the access you'll most commonly want to provide for new spaces in the community.
  3. As you add spaces, decide how to handle setting permissions for each. When someone creates a space, their options typically are:
    • Inherit from the parent space
    • Start with the parent space's permissions, then customize
    • Start with the default space's permissions, then customize
    • Start from scratch (no permissions assigned), then customize
Note: Permissions in spaces are inherited by projects and space created inside them. Social groups, on the other hand, are independent of spaces and projects. For more, see Managing Social Group Permissions.