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    Moodle Forum Moderator

    Question 1: Is there anyway of giving a teacher or pupil the ability to moderate forums without giving them creator or admin access?

    Question 2: I've installed the portfolio module for Moodle having done that I get a couple of errors (Not during the install) when using portfolio.


    portfolio_view_heaps: No specified heaps.


    Unable to save changes for the specified artifact.

    and when editing my portfolio (See jpeg)


    Now my user hasn't submitted any coursework or anyuthing else would that cause it?



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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    1) Moodle 1.7 will allow you to assign various roles more granularly.

    2) Not sure, is portfolio a third party module? Did you try posting/searching your problem on the 'Using Moodle' forums at Moodle.org?

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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    Cool thanks Geoff I'll have to wait for 1.7 then.

    I've emailed the writer of the portfolio add on but haven't heard back as yet. I'll check the moodle forums though!

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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    Quick search of moodle.org yielded the following page:

    http://docs.moodle.org/en/Portfolio_module

    Which lead to:

    http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=38736

    Check the very bottom of the thread. There's a post about file locations. It sounds related to your problem.

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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    Brilliant thanks again Geoff!


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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    Wes, just a heads-up.

    I have been trying out profanity filtering on Moodle, and although profane language is covered by a black box in a forum post, if you hover the mouse over the blacked out area, an alt text box shows the offending text! I know Moodle is accessible for those with impairments, and presumably the browser sees the black box as a graphic, hence the alt text kicks in. That particular feature seems to shoot itself in the foot!

    I also found that words containing letters that spell out a profane word get the offending bits blacked out, so the 3rd, 4th and 5th letters in the word "document" were blacked. I'm working on that, but I have found how to edit the censor file if you need to know.

    All good fun! :-)

    Linda D

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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    That's quite annoying! You would have thought that the Moodle guys could have sorted that out? But I would like to know about the censor file thanks!

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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    Did you file a bug report?

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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    I haven't with portfolio no? How would I go about that?


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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    I meant the alt text bug with the profanity filter.

    You can't file bugs against third party modules like portfolio in the offical bug tracker. Because it's got nothing to do with the offical moodle distribution.

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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    Ahh! Right sorry got my wires crossed there lol



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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    Quote Originally Posted by wesleyw
    ..I would like to know about the censor file thanks!

    Wes
    I had a look in the Moodle help for "censor" and got this http://docs.moodle.org/en/Word_censorship

    I also had to load the censor file so it was active, in your Moodle site go to Administration \ Configuration \ Filters and there is a choice of filters to select. (sorry if you know this bit!)

    I am not sure how you access your Moodle db files - my host company gives me a control panel effort, but if you can find your way to the lang\en\censor.php file, you should be able to open it in Notepad or something and edit the SQL in there.

    There's some interesting threads on the Moodle forums about censorship, eg http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=32222#149980 A lot of people don't like the idea of censoring, but in schools, we have a duty of care to the pupils. It's different in HE and Uni's where the users are older.

    HTH

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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    A lot of people don't like the idea of censoring, but in schools, we have a duty of care to the pupils.
    We're also subject to the Human Rights Act and thus Freedom of Speech.

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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff

    We're also subject to the Human Rights Act and thus Freedom of Speech.
    Good point - personally I think teacher moderation should deal with the problem, but in my job, I have to consider the duty of care bit, and try to advise schools on the dilemmas!

    All I know for my immediate project is that the teachers involved are very concerned about profanity and online bullying and I am still learning the admin tasks in Moodle and the text filtering evidently has some interesting effects!

    (I'm getting out of synch with this thread - sorry, trying to multi-task with several emails and forum posts going on at once!)

    Linda D

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    Re: Moodle Forum Moderator

    Just bear in mind that ultimately, the Human Rights Act will trump any local or national laws, regulations or guidelines requiring you to 'censor' pupils (or indeed staff).

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