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What kind of people typically interact with a website?

Asked by Vincentt (8074points) April 5th, 2008

I’m trying to define a list of the type of people that usually interact with the average website. The list I currently have contains guest, member, author, editor, administrator.
If you could think of additional visitor profiles, that’d be very much appreciated.

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babygalll's avatar

What kind of website?

Vincentt's avatar

The average website (i.e. I’m developing a content management system, and I want to cover most use cases).
For example, Fluther could already do with these profiles (i.e. it has guests, members and editors). I suppose moderators would be another profile that could be useful, as the Fluther moderators are just that, not editors.

shared3's avatar

hackers, researchers?

scamp's avatar

Some sites have sponsors, or advertisers. And also spammers.

felipelavinz's avatar

Maybe you could define capabilities and configurable user roles… ship your CMS with a set of preconfigured user roles and then leave it to the administrators to define who can do what

Vincentt's avatar

@shared3 – I like the hackers one (if you interpret it as developers), but I don’t think the researchers one is what I’m looking for. The problem is probably in my explanation though, so I’ll give it another shot:

These profiles will be used as labels for users. Based on these labels, I want to decide what a user is allowed to do and what not.

So e.g. a developer is allowed to view debugging information, an author is allowed to write pages, etc.

@scamp – good one!

@felipelavinz – of course the roles will be configurable, I’m just trying to find a good default so modules can at least be sure these profiles are available so they too can set sane defaults.

shared3's avatar

VIPs? I’ve seen a lot of websites with like superusers named VIPs.
Spiders? (think google)

Vincentt's avatar

Wow, you’re chock-full of good ideas shared3, thanks!

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