On Sun, May 02, 2010 at 08:09:07PM -0600, Ashley M. Kirchner wrote:

> Slightly OT, but I can't think of a better forum to ask this in.  I'm sure a
> lot of us here have at some point or another built a system that requires
> registration to gain access.  What I'm trying to figure is how to set
> different levels of access.
> We're building a large site for a school district, to be used by both
> students and parents.  When a student logs in, they gain some access to the
> site, and when a parent logs in, they gain access to other sections on the
> site.  That's all fine and dandy, it's the actual registration process that
> I'm having a hard time with.
> How to determine if a registration is a student or a parent.  Do I simply
> give them a check box (or other method) to pick from (student or parent) and
> hope they're being honest?  Has anyone here have to deal with that in the
> past, and would you be willing to give me some ideas of what you did?
> Thanks!

The only reliable way to resolve this is to let the school
administration to handle it. Each registration would *attempt* to
register as a student, parent or whatever. Those attempted registrations
would go into a "wait" queue. Meantime, emails would be sent to an
administrator whose job is would be to "bless" those registrations. They
would check to see if a potential registrant was what they claimed to
be. You'd give them a page where the queued registration attempts would
show up. And they would check the proper box for each potential
registrant. Once done, the registration would be completed, and in the
proper category.


Paul M. Foster

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