ReviewRoom is a highly-configurable contest and competition platform which features a sophisticated permissions-based user system that we call “role management”. In other words, the configuration of roles will determine precisely who can interact with your Room, and what they can do, see or administer.
Once you understand the basics, role management can be quite easy to master. There are default, or “built in” roles in ReviewRoom, and there is also the ability to create your own custom roles with custom permissions.
Without any special configuration, ReviewRoom already understands the permission level for a few built-in roles: Applicant, Reviewer and Administrator. Applicants are the users who create submissions in your Room, Reviewers (or Judges) are the users who can view and rank these submissions, and the Administrator oversees the entire Room and has full control.
Naturally, the default permissions for each of these user types varies greatly. An easy way to remember how the permission level for these 3 user types differs is to consider a pyramid, or heirarchy:
ReviewRoom Administrators can view any submission, and can view all ranking data submitted by Reviewers. (Full control)
Reviewers can view all submissions that have been assigned to them. (Less control)
Applicants can only view their own submission. (Limited control)
Last summer, we published a blog post which thoroughly explains how to use Role Management to create custom roles. This is a powerful aspect of ReviewRoom that lets you assign granular permissions to whoemever you choose. You can protect sensitive data while, at the same time, delegate tasks and responsibilities to make a large project much easier to manage.
Even though it isn’t possible to cover every aspect of role management in this blog post, we’re always here to help. If you have a question or need guidance on configuring your ReviewRoom, please get in touch.