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Survey webpart - permissions gone haywire...

  Asked By: Claude    Date: Sep 29    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1498

I was dropped in it a bit at work on Monday with an urgent need to
post an internal company survey at very short notice. The survey
webpart seemed the obvious candidate and after some fiddling I had
something that comes close to what was being asked for - close
enough that the instigator was satisfied.

That is - right up until we tested it on a random guinea pig...

Taking the survey was no problem but any attempt to save a response
came back with a permissions failure. Upgrading the general
authenticated user group to administrator solved the problem, as did
web designer but both are far from satisfactory solutions.

In the end we narrowed it down to the "manage lists" permissions
flag at site level and when tested last night it worked beautifully,
but this morning the error was back and more head scratching ensued.

The list level permissions were reset and once again the survey is
up and running but I have to confess to having very low confidence
in the webpart now especially given that the survey is going to my

Has anyone else had such problems with the survey webpart and if so
are there any proven solutions?



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Vance Hardin     Answered On: Sep 29

Further to my earlier post - the permissions  have gone screwy again
already. Does anyone have any idea what is going on with this webpart?

Answer #2    Answered By: Kareem Flynn     Answered On: Sep 29

Is this on a portal or a WSS site? Surveys by default do not allow
Readers to post responses. The survey  or portal area permissions  have
to be modified to allow readers to post responses. If you are using a
portal, put the survey in an area (possibly of its own) and change the
area permissions to allow Readers (or whichever site  group) to Add

The same goes for a survey on a WSS site. Modify the permissions for
the list  to allow Readers to Add Items.

Answer #3    Answered By: Tyron Calderon     Answered On: Sep 29

The survey  was built in a WSS site, I granted contributor rights to
the site  for the purposes of allowing our general readership to
respond to the survey but this proved inadequate.

I initially granted "maintain lists" and this did for a while cure
the problem. The second cure (after it later went haywire again) was
to add the same permission explicitly to the survey webpart  - since
then I've had a few more oddball cases but largely the system is

Just granting the add items permission would have been wholly
inadequate but that had been my initial guess...

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