Permissions

Following is a list of all permissions in Google Groups:

Posting permissions

The posting section of permissions contains permissions affecting posting to the group.

  • Add References
    A person with this permission can add references to topics.
  • Assign Topic
    A person with this permission can assign topics to another person. The assignee must have the Take Topic permission.
  • Attach Files
    A person with this permission can attach files to topics.
  • Enter Free Form Tags
    A person with this permission can add or edit free-form tags on their own topics.
  • Mark Favorite Reply On Own Topic
    A person with this permission can mark any reply to a topic that the member originally posted as a “best answer” (for topics that are questions) or "completed" (for topics that are discussions). This permission is similar to the Mark Favorite Reply on Any Topic permission, except it is restricted to the original poster’s own topics only.
  • Me Too Topic
    A person with this permission can click on a "Me too!" link on a topic to indicate you had the same question or problem.
  • Post
    A person with this permission can post a new topic or reply to an existing topic.
  • Post Announcements
    A person with this permission can post announcements to the forum.
  • Post Moderated
    A person with this permission can post a new topic or reply, but the topic or reply must be moderated.
  • Post Rich Text Format
    A person with this permission can post in Rich Text format.
  • Post Trusted
    A person with this permission is immune from abuse reports. This permission is useful as it allows community administrators to avoid abuse attacks by malicious users.
  • Reply To Author
    A person with this permission can reply directly to the author of a post using private email.

Moderation permissions

The moderation section of permissions contains permissions affecting moderation of posts and members.

  • Add members
    A person with this permission can directly add new members to the group.
  • Approve Members
    A person with this permission can approve pending members.
  • Approve Messages
    A person with this permission can approve moderated messages.
  • Ban Users
    A person with this permission can ban current members from participating in the group.
  • Change Any Tag or Category
    A person with this permission can add, remove, or change categories on a topic. Users can change the categories on their own topics without this permission.
  • Delete Any Post
    A person with this permission can delete individual posts. Users can delete their own posts without this permission.
  • Delete Topics
    A person with this permission can delete entire topics.
  • Edit Others' Posts
    A person with this permission can edit the posts of other users.
  • Edit Own Posts
    A person with this permission can edit the texts of their own posts.
  • Edit Welcome Message
    A person with this permission can edit the welcome message.
  • Hide Abuse
    A person with this permission can cause a post or topic to be removed immediately after abuse is reported.
  • Invite Members
    A member with this permission can invite other users to become members.
  • Lock Topics
    A person with this permission can lock or unlock a topic.
  • Mark Duplicate
    A person with this permission can mark or unmark a topic as a duplicate of another topic.
  • Mark Favorite Reply on Any Topic
    A person with this permission can mark or unmark any reply to any question topic as a “best answer.” Note that you cannot unmark a reply that was marked by another member who has this permission.
  • Mark No Response Needed
    A person with this permission can mark or unmark a topic as not needing a response.
  • Modify Members
    A person with this permission can manage members (subscription type, membership type, posting permissions, unsubscribe, ban).
  • Modify Roles
    A person with this permission can create and modify roles, modify the members in a m embership group, and modify the permissions in a role. Owners set up in the old Google Groups get this permission by default.
  • Sort Topics
    A person with this permission can sort topics.
  • Sticky Topics
    A person with this permission can set or unset a topic to display at the top of the topic list.
  • Take Topic
    A person with this permission can take or be assigned a topic. These members can also drop a topic that has been taken or assigned to them.
  • Unassign Topic
    A person with this permission can unassign topics that have been assigned to another user. A person who has assigned a topic can unassign the same topic. A person who has had a topic assigned to him or her can drop that assignment. This permission allows the person who has it to unassign topics that were assigned by someone else.
  • Unmark Favorite Reply On Any Topic [Best Answer]
    A person with this permission can unmark any reply to any question topic as a Best Answer, even if they were originally marked by someone else.

Access

The access section of permissions contains permissions affecting person's ability to access certain data within group.

  • Contact the Owner of a Group
    A person with this permission can contact the owner of the group directly from the web interface.
  • Filter Topics
    A person with this permission can use the Filters feature to filter topics that match a specific criteria.
  • View Members
    A person with this permission can view the forum membership list.
  • View Member Email Addresses
    A person with this permission can view email addresses of forum members in certain places, such as when assigning topics to other members.
  • View Topics
    People with this permission can view topics in the group.