Path to Access Mask Manager: Users > Access Masks
Access Masks are not valid in vBulletin 5. They are maintained to show permissions from older versions
Although membership in multiple groups is a good way to create exceptions to rules set up by usergroup permissions, they might be too powerful for some situations. For cases where you simply want to give a specific user access to a forum that he or she wouldn’t normally have access to, an alternative solution is access masks, which override all forum-level usergroup permissions.
Access mask settings have no effect unless you have enabled access masks in vBulletin Options.
To edit the access masks assigned to a specific user, go to Users > Search for Users. Then search for the user you want to edit and click Edit Forum Permissions or Edit Access Masks.
You must click Save for changes to take effect.
To view existing access masks, go to Users > Access Masks.
Access masks work similarly to forum-level usergroup permissions: inheritance to child forums still occurs. However, you do not have as many options as with a forum permission:
- Setting a user’s access mask to Yes for a forum gives him or her the same permissions in that forum as he or she has at the global level, regardless of any forum-level usergroup permissions specified.
- Setting the mask to No denies the user access to the forum completely, as if each individual permission were set to No.
- Default means that no special access mask is specified; forum-level usergroup permissions are used instead.