I'm developing our first Sharepoint site, and have a specific question in regards to the read permission in conjunction with a discussion list.
Well, to begin, I am setting up a sort of knowledge base. There are 15 categories (which are separated into 15 web pages); each category/page has a discussion list in it for a total of 15 discussion lists/boards. I like the discussion board setup because it is easy for a select few individuals (through the contributor permission) to add/tightly control new pieces of information in each discussion list. The regular users come along, see something they want to read more about, and can open it in a new page format.
Here's the kicker, though: NOW it turns out "they" don't want to give the users the ability to reply to the posted information... a discussion list without discussion (don't ask). I've experimented around with announcment lists instead, but don't care much for how they open in a popup. Basically, we want to have all of the regular intranet users only able to read what has been posted by the select few who will maintain the discussion lists (i.e., not post anything to or reply to the discussions we control). Similarly, we will have a discussion list where they will be able to add their own questions and reply to each other. Does the read/restricted reader permissions make it so that they can only read, but not reply? I've searched tons of places but find no specifics on how it applies to discussions.