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  1. JaneW
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It has happened on a few occasions that I would login and see that another admin was editing a post, or he would login and see that I was editing the post. In fact, either instance, neither of us had been anywhere near that post for days. In once instance, I had even turned off my computer and it still showed that I was editing the post.
    These are minor annoyances.
    However, tonight my partner logged in to find that a subscriber was currently editing the page!
    Since the subscriber is a friend of his and he knew he wasn't editing, it didn't pose a big problem, but it raises the question: how? Why?
    It seems like it's not possible for a subscriber to edit a post, so it must be WordPress acting up. Is it a glitch or is there something wrong on my end that I need to fix?
    Thanks!

  2. Check the subscriber's profile and make sure that his role is actually set to Subscriber. If it is, set it to something like Contributor, then set it back to Subscriber.

  3. JaneW
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Yes, I checked to be sure he is still set as a subscriber. On your suggestion, I have changed to Contributor and then back to Subscriber.

    The point is though, the person wasn't actually even online at the time he appeared to be editing the page. And shouldn't have been able to access the edit interface anyway.

  4. The point is though, the person wasn't actually even online at the time he appeared to be editing the page.

    If a user makes any change to a post a page and leaves, this will generate an auto-draft, which will result in the "user is currently editing. . ." notice. The auto-drafts are dumped after a period of time, but I'm not sure how long that is.

    And shouldn't have been able to access the edit interface anyway.

    I'm thinking there could have been some capability corruption on his account, which can sometimes be caused by poorly coded plugins. Switching to Contributor and back to Subscriber should have corrected it for now.

    If it happens again, deactivating all plugins for a while (maybe leave Akismet active for anti-spam purposes). If you're confident that the issue has been resolved, slowly begin to reactivate each one individually until you find the cause.

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