Right now setting Permissions for different course and account roles is very difficult because many of the permissions are tied together so you can't have one permission without also having the other checked. Yet, there is no list of what each permission actually impacts and which permissions are related to each other.
When we are developing a new role we almost always go through the lengthy process of:
adding a permission to a role
logging in as someone with that role and checking to see if that person can do what they need to do but not things they shouldn't do
if the setting isn't correct, then going back to permissions and try checking or unchecking something different to see if we get the desired result
wash and repeat
If permissions were more granulated and separated out it would be much easier to (1) understand what the permission actually controls and (2) provide the right level access to specific users.
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