Creating a (quasi-)dropbox in WesFiles
Our WesFiles installation does not currently support a fully featured dropbox. We are looking forward to a built-in dropbox in a future version. In the meantime, the best alternative in many cases is to create an assignment in Moodle. If you don’t have or want a relevant Moodle, you can also make a quasi-dropbox out of any folder on WesFiles by following these instructions. (Legacy dropboxes will automatically start to behave as quasi-dropboxes.) Please note the following important limitations:
- Submitters will not be able to see even their own submission. This lack of confirmation can be unsettling for a submitter.
- File names must be unique. A good approach to insure uniqueness would be to ask the submitters to include their user names in the file names. (Remember that submitters will not be able to see the files in the folder.)
- Create a new folder. The name can be anything you like.
- In the permissions area for the folder add the groups or individuals who will be making submissions to the dropbox.
- Click on the “Advanced” tab in the permissions area.
- Give the submitters read/write permissions on the folder, but do not grant any inheritance permissions. The pattern of ‘ticks’ and ‘blanks’ should look like this: x x 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Leave your own permission intact.
Submitters will be able to upload files and folders into the folder, but they will not be able to see any of the contents. In that sense it might better be called a “black box” than a “drop box.”
Suggestion: It would also be a good idea to make sure that default logging is turned on for the folder. Logging will record information about user activity on a file-by-file basis.