Someone sent me a link to a group database (we've got hundreds of them) but when I tried to access it, it came back: "You are not authorized to access that database." Fine, I'm not on some ACL list or somesuch. But it would have been nice for the message to have had a second line (or a help button) that said, "Contact xyz to obtain access to this database."
Is there a way, when you set up a database, to enable such an extension to the authorization mechanism? I did try seeing if the "about" button on the Open database panel would give me more information (database owner or administrator) but again that said "not authorized." Is there a way to set up a database so that you can see the about page for a database but (until authorized) nothing else?
With numerous people in the organization setting up databases, this might just be a lack of education on the part of the database creators or (more likely) a lack of education on my part.
I was able to find a contact for gaining access to this database but it could have been so much simpler with a "simple" upgrade to a message panel. I'm a software developer so I know that what appears simple may in fact be hard.
This is a great question, and an obvious good feature. But I do not know of a way to customize the access-denied error message that Notes gives you. As for your second question -- yes, if you set Default=Depositor in the database ACL, everyone should be able to see only the About document, but not read regular data in the database. Give it a try.
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