Developers are the cornerstone of any successful Open Source Software project. We recommend that each project try to maintain a sufficiently large developer base to maintain development momentum, especially in the absence of some of the developers.
However, adding a user to a project is a major action with potentially serious consequences. The user will have access to project resource and content. There is a potential risk that the user could cause harm to the project. Before adding a user, weigh all the potential risks against the benefits.
You can categorize your contributors in different groups and assign permissions to various portions of your project by group. The default set of groups includes Admin, Developers, and Members. You can add as many groups as you would like, to manage various functions of your projects. Project permissions are managed by assigning the same permissions to everyone in that group.
Note, only a SourceForge.net project administrator can give a user membership in the project.
Login to your project and click on the Admin icon. Then click on User Permissions
To add a user to a group, select "+ Add" under the appropriate group and enter their SourceForge username. Note that this is the unique username, not the display name.
To remove a user, select the "-" next to their username and confirm removal.
Permissions are assigned to groups (not individual users). They can be set at the project level, and for individual tools.
On the Admin page, click on User Permissions. On this page, you can toggle high-level project permissions by clicking "read", etc. in the rightmost column.
Click on the menu unlock icon , then the next to the tool you wish to modify, then click Permissions. On that page, click Add to assign a group a particular permission, such as the ability to create or delete wiki pages or post comments.
Click on Save to save your additions.
Keep in mind that the "Member" group contains the "Developer" group, and the "Developer" group also contains the "Admin" group. In other words, an Admin is also, by inheritance, in the Developer and Member groups.
Likewise, "*anonymous" (all users, both logged in and logged out) is a supergroup of "*authenticated" (ie., logged in users only).
Use the "Add a new group" link at the bottom of the page to add a new group. This can be used to define specific teams (eg., "documentation", or "support") that have their own customized permissions set under the Individual Tool permissions.
Please note that these are generic permission settings for the project and will be superceeded by permissions set specifically for each tool. It is recommended to use the default settings and manage the permissions through the individual tools themselves.
Admin: All permissions
Create: Allows creation of tools/content (some of these may still require admin permissions)
Update: Allows updates to the project such as new files/commits/pages (some of these may still require admin permissions)
Read: Read permissions, these should generically always be on for everyone. Turning this off for any user can cause issues for non admins of the project.
Several permissions are used for a number of different tools.
Each tool has additional permissions specific to the functionality of that tool. The meaning of those are explained on each one.