User Account

Most of the site material is in the public domain, meaning that the content can be viewed by anonymous (non-logged in) users. Users with an account are able to post materials in the contribution files area and the Forums area. Instructions on how to create a User Account with an authorised user role are described in User account creation — step-by-step

The user posting and viewing capabilities depends on the roles assigned to the User Account. The types of user role are listed below:

anonymous user role: Without login, a user has an anonymous role and can:

  • View: all public area material.
  • Public area actions: download files and sign-up for SPDC Newsletter

authorised user role: Login required, in addition to the anonymous role privileges a user can:

  • Public area actions: post moderated comments to Forum threads and Contribution files.

Participant user role: Login required, in addition to the authorised role privileges, a user can:

  • View: see there is a Private folder in the Contribution files area
  • Public area actions: initiate Forum threads and and post public area Contribution files.

(SPDC) Member user role: in addition to the participant role privileges, a user can:

  • View: Private Contribution files area material related to the user's participation in SPDC business. 
  • Private Contribution files area actions: comment on files, post files and download files related to the user's participation in SPDC business

Participant and Member roles are discretionary. These roles are assigned by the SPDC officers covering the user expertise area and implemented on the User Account by the Webmaster. There are numerous Member roles related to the various working group scopes, subcommittee scopes and officer responsibilities.

User Account passwords cannot be recovered as they are encrypted in the website database. For users, who have lost or forgotten their passwords, password replacement is the only route to regain a Login capability.  An illustrated step-by-step password replacement procedure is described at Lost-forgotten password replacement.