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What is the difference between roles, positions and member statuses

Posted Mon, 10/29/2012 - 15:10 by vr_admin

There is overlap between roles, positions and statuses with each one being able to satsify more than one use and there is no right or wrong way to use them however each one has their own restrictions which tend to leave only one suitable for a particular task.


Access to features in VolunteerRescue are controlled by roles in that it is roles that are given access to pages and features.  In order to access a page or feature a member must belong to a role that has the required permissions.

Second to that roles can be used to group members together in teams, it was decided to use roles as in the majority of cases access is restricted by team therefore this kills two birds with one stone and reduces configuration.


Positions are really to be used where one or two members fill a role and generally refer to the various positions on the executive such as President, Secretary, Treasurer and also to positions such as training officer, equipment manager.  Positions do not support access and therefore cannot be used to restrict access to features in VolunteerRescue.


Status refers to the current status of the member within the group and generally relates to whether a member is active, retired, lifetime member etc...  Only one status can be selected per member.