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Oct 4, 2019, 3:13:22 PM10/4/19
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We have set up a site using the SEEK platform. To browse programmes, projects and data files, users don't have to register. Is there any way to limit the browse activity only to register users? In other words, we would like users register and login to view any information. The Browse menu should be disable without login. How can we accomplish this?


Stuart Owen

Oct 18, 2019, 10:13:03 AM10/18/19
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Sorry,  I hadn't seen this question until just now.

So Programmes and Projects are always public and browseable. This is fixed, and because the intention is to promote and disseminate details about your project.
Data files, and other "assets" however, have sharing permissions and can be made private. You can set the default sharing permissions for your project, and items uploaded will adopt those permissions by default when associated with the project. 

If you want to block access to the projects and programmes for anonymous users you would need to change the code. A simple way could be to add a before_action near the top of the projects_controller.rb, and programmes_controller.rb, which would look like:

before_action :login_required

you could also hide the browse menu by wrapping with some code that checks 'logged_in_and_registered?' or 'logged_in_and_member?' - the latter checks the user is a member of a project. For example: https://github.com/seek4science/seek/blob/417f87c7599bac87b41b224b258a219dba2fb4f0/app/views/assays/_buttons.html.erb#L3

I've not tested the above, and may have some side effects I've not concidered, but would be a good starting point.

hopefully this helps,

Stuart Owen

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Oct 18, 2019, 3:45:33 PM10/18/19
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Thanks. This is very helpful.
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