In Link, Roles are sets of functional permissions.
For example, you could create a role called "Viewer" that can only view (but not edit) Link entities.
Note that Roles are associated with User groups, and not Users, directly. The full set of permissions for a particular user will be the sum of the permissions on all Roles associated with the User groups they are a member of.
Link comes with a pre-defined set of Roles you can use when creating User groups. It is also possible to create your own.
The User roles list page
After clicking "User roles" on the main menu, you will be shown a Data grid containing all the existing Roles in your Link instance.
Each permission for a Role is shown under the 'Permissions' column separated by a comma. If you can´t see all the permissions for a single role you can click the highlighted arrow to the left to expand the permissions view as shown in the screenshot above.
You can create a new Role by clicking on "Create new" at the top of the screen.
To view or edit a Role, double-click it.
The create new / edit screen
When creating or editing a Role, you can edit the Role name and associate permissions to it.
In the figure above, you can see that the role "Distribution editor" has 14 associated permissions and that there are many more available. Click checkboxes from the list to associate them with the Role.
When you are done, press "Save".
Note that permissions are non-editable system entities. For each permission, you can learn what it does from its description.
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