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Drop Box-Holy Grail

Topics: Developer Forum, Project Management Forum, User Forum
Mar 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Edited Mar 1, 2009 at 4:15 PM
From a non programmer perspective, it seems "limited access" permission might be the key in making a drop box folder in the Shared documents. When one makes the changes to General Discussion to be used as a dropbox(under advance settings), the limited access permission comes into play. Yet this feature is not available for a normal folder.  Following up the permission trail, one finds it at the district level, but the box is grayed.

An aside- Kevin Remde( has a video about making new permissions by coping a current one, then change & rename. This might play into the mix. This is also available at Microsoft's webcasts.

Came across another site  which uses code snippets to make the change to limit access. Don't know much about messing with code. Don't know much about CodePlex policy about other blogs infor (seek permission and give credit before using information??)

I hope this sparks an "Ah!" for some of you that are much wiser, and help the rest of us through this. I know Drooke is working on something, perhaps this is much of the same.
Teaching Special Education by day and wearing a black network cape and mask at night, I need a good cookbook to it done.

Keep talking & thanks for all the good work I see happening.
Mar 2, 2009 at 6:57 PM
Hi Guff,

There's 2 different ways of handling drop boxes that I've seen being used.
  1. Create a folder per learner in a document library and set permissions on it so only the instructor and learner has access.
  2. Use a list with attachments and then under advanced settings set the read and edit permissions to only their own.
  3. Set draft item security to "only users who can approve items (and the user of the item)
There is work being done on this - more in another post.

SLK Co-ordinator
Mar 4, 2009 at 4:10 AM

I'll share this with my teachers and look forward to the next product coming out in a few weeks. Thanks also for taking the reins of the site.


NW Iowa
Mar 12, 2009 at 10:12 AM
We aren't currently using the SLK but have a custom class site functionality which has a basic assignment drop box to allow students to upload documents. We've handled security on this by developing a custom event handler to set permissions on the uploaded document so that the student and lecturer have contribute rights until the lecturer "marks" the document, at which point the permissions are changed so that the student now only has read permissions. This also means that students can only see their own work.

The problem with using the advanced settings settings on a list to limit "permissions" is that these are ignored when using Explorer view.