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  • I’m looking to set up my wordpress, so that anyone who signs up is automatically an author. Once it goes live, I will have a few hundred people signing up so rather than having to deal with it all by hand, I’m hoping to find a way to change the way WordPress deals with new members. Thanks.

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  • When you say “author” do you mean as in the Roles and Capabilities Author is described?
    That’s a very high (I’d say: too high!) role for any unknown registrant.
    If you look around in your admin panel you can see that you are able to set the level of new registrants, and you could set it as “Contributor” = they can write posts but cannot publish it: somebody with a higher level have to approve it.

    Another option is to install the Role Manager plugin and edit/create custom Roles.

    I’m under the impression of that definition that an “author” can write and edit pretty much anyone’s posts. What I would like to do is set it up so they can only write and edit their own. No messing with comments or anything. I’ll give the role manager a shot to see what I can do, but with as many people signing up as there will be, I would still like it to be automatic.

    I’m sure that there may be a way. There has to be a file somewhere that defines the automatically selected one to be the “Subscriber” and it could be changed in that file. I’ll play around with the plugin to see what I can find.

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