Define Permissions

Bug #1842957 reported by Christopher Burton
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Bug Description

Many permissions in Evergreen are undefined.
I have been looking to recreate permission groups for my ORG and many permissions description is just the name of the permission again giving no context.

My favourite example: CREATE_LASSO: Definition - CREATE_LASSO
Pretty vague permission and what does a lasso have to do with Evergreen?
Doing some digging I find this bug that tells me more but if the definition were present it could be more clear for administrators.

I think we should go through and give each description a definition as they should be added when the permission was added

tags: added: permissions
Changed in evergreen:
status: New → Confirmed
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Jane Sandberg (sandbergja) wrote :

For anybody who wants to work on this: this recent commit by Chris, Kyle, and Galen is a great example of how to do this:

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Meg Stroup (mstroup) wrote :

A general observation:

When I first started using Evergreen (and to this day!), this happened to me at least once a week. At some point, I started googling "(whatever) Evergreen ILS," and that's how I found definitions for most of these things: "CREATE_LASSO: Definition - CREATE_LASSO evergreen ils," which brought me here:

it's come up for me when I look at "garnished" accounts and have tried to figure out what a permission is, why it might have been added, and if it's still needed.

For the layperson (me), some of those descriptions are a lot more helpful than others. I wonder if providing some extra language in the documentation would be helpful? I echo what Christopher says: a lot of the descriptions are identical to the name of the permission.

I do feel as if I'm part of the problem, not the solution, in this case :)

tags: added: wishlist
tags: added: documentation
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Jennifer Weston (jweston) wrote :

Revisiting the old Appendix A - Permissions List from 2.1 came up during 2020 Hack-A-Way documentation session. Same link provided by Meg --

This is on a list of old stuff that never got asciidoc'd -- so now it's on the to-Antorize list. Definitely needs updating with new permissions and friendly definitions.

I'll instigate conversations in early 2021 to work on updates; if anyone has started this work, please share!

tags: removed: wishlist
Changed in evergreen:
importance: Undecided → Medium
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