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User types explained

The problem

Gjallar has had the ability to mark specific users as "reporters" which means that they can login and create cases - but they can't do anything more than that - they can't even track their own cases.

The advantages of using "reporters" are:
  1. The users can enter "structured information" using forms and fields which they can't do if they instead create cases by sending email to Gjallar.
  2. One need not worry about these users seeing information that they should not see, because they can't see anything at all. Security by... brute force. :)

The disadvantages are obvious - if you use Gjallar to track cases created by your customers (or other external organisations) you would of course like your customers to be able to login and follow what is going on with their cases. But they should not be allowed to see other cases, and they should only be allowed to use a certain set of limited functionality.

Beginning with Gefjon Gjallar has something called "user types" and a global registry of organisations which in combination solves the above problem (we like to think).


In Gefjon you can now as an administrator maintain a global list of organisations with their names and a textual description. It is trivial.

Then each user can be associated with one (and only one) of these organisations, or none. This has no immediate effect other than that the name of the organisation is shown in the tooltip which you see if you hoover over a user. The organisation is also shown under Settings>>Person, but the user can not change this, only the administrator can.

User types

Users in Gjallar now has a "user type" and the following three types are available in Gefjon:
  1. "Regular"
  2. "Reporter"
  3. "External"

The type affects:

Users are not marked as "Reporter" in a checkbox anymore, instead you set the user type to "Reporter" to get the same effect.

A "Reporter" works like before which means that they can log in and create cases in the processes that they have been assigned access to - but they can't track their cases or se any other information.
The only information they gain is the case number that the created cases are assigned.
An "External" user can do a lot more than a "Reporter", but is still highly limited. Just like a reporter an external user can create cases. An external user also has a "My View" but it is different from a regular user's, it has two panels:

Further an external user can:

An external user can NOT: