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Chapter 11. Defining Contributor Roles

Chapter 11. Defining Contributor Roles

In the workaday world of organizations, people's jobs are broadly defined through a combination of their responsibilities and limitations. For example, a technical writer might be responsible for drafting the help documentation for a new company product, but is prohibited from publishing that documentation until it has been approved by the product manager. The product manager, in turn, has the power to approve technical specifications, but must defer any promotional copy to the marketing manager. Each of these people has a specific role in the organization.

In Macromedia Contribute, roles are a compilation of settings that determine what a contributor can and cannot do on a given Web site. Contribute roles are function based and, like jobs, relate to the contributor's actual tasks and restrictions. For example, a department manager is likely to be responsible for the department's intranet, and her Contribute role should include publishing privileges. An administrative assistant in the same department, however, need only implement requested Web page changes. Moreover, the assistant's work must be approved by the manager. The assistant's role should be limited to editing and submitting pages for review (but not publishing directly to the site). Both roles—manager and assistant—can be restricted to work within the boundaries of the department's portion of the intranet.


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