Our community is now public. That's great but it is problematic in one aspect.
We have a lot of UGC , user generated content in our resources. I'd like members to have to register inorder to download (like they have to do to upload content). This seems like a simple thing but how to do it?
Other suggestions welcome.
Anyone have a hack? Ning - can't you advise me? I think it should be possible to make members register in order to download files off the community.
Is your solution something that you are willing to share?
You read wrong, Jia.
You can adjust your settings so that only your home page is visible, anyone not logged in clicking on content links will be redirected to the signup/sign in page.
Jia can read very well. He wants a public network AND the ability to force users to register inorder to download the valuable things he has to share. This is common practice on almost all online communities. You register to comment, upload AND especially download content. for the life of me, I don't know why Ning at a minimum doesn't have this as a setting.
Jia, find the script attached to add to your custom code. it works but at first users might have issues with cookies and being logged out. Experiment but over time it works well.
I didn't see anything here where you said you had a solution, that is what I meant David. It appears you have one now.
Sorry then. Always a lot to read between the lines. We worked with this script and tested a lot. Wasn't easy but works. I find that it does get you members but engaging them to talk / discuss is another kettle of fish. That takes work and just having members to have members isn't what you might want unless you really have a lot of content to offer and / or a plan to monetize that content.
Thanks for sharing your work, David!
I'm a novice so it will take a bit of time to test your script, but I will share my experience when I have it setup properly. I agree with your sentiment that Ning is shortsighted by fixing one possible membership priviledge. Glad they at least have the vision to create this discussion forum for the entrepreneuriall creators to compensate their short coming.