Node Types

In Docs, each item of content is called a node, and each node belongs to a node type. The node type determines many settings such as whether the contents are posted to the front page, whether comments are allowed, etc. One of these settings is the default access control that applies to the node.

While the flexibility in Docs is very powerful, some users may not care for it and just want the right thing done automatically. To this end, we have created several node types corresponding to the different targeted use cases, so that default settings can be applied that will work right by default. The following table lists these node types:

Node Type Description Default ACL Taxonomy to Override ACL Remarks
Default page This is the default content type and it works like a regular collaborative wiki.
Public viewable, writable by logged-in users View Access and Write Access  
Post This is for content that is usually authored by a single user. Public viewable, writable by author View Access and Write Access  
CF page This is a special content type used for the Computing Facilities documentation. Public viewable, writable by Technical Staff View Access for CF Content (cannot override write access)  
NW page This is a special content type used by Network Team for their documentation. Viewable and writable by Network Staff View Access and Write Access  
KEDB page This is a special content type for Technical Services to publish Known Errors Database entries. Viewable by logged-in users, writable by Technical Staff N/A  
Tech page This is for Technical Staff's internal documentation. Viewable and writable by Technical Staff View Access and Write Access  
News This is a special content type for publishing announcements that are listed in the front page. Public viewable, writable by Network Staff and Technical Services N/A  
Admin page
This is a special content type used for site pages.
Public viewable, writable by Admin
View Access and Write Access  

An important setting that you need to understand is the default access controls that are applied for a node type when no per-node setting is configured. We have designed the default to work just right for the targeted use case, so that content authors do not need to be unnecessarily burdened with access control settings. However, you do have the option of customizing the access controls as you require if the default does not suit your need. Refer to the Access Controls page for more information.

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