Explanation of cooperating in Anymeta

Learn how to cooperate in Anymeta. Anymeta is a tool for cooperation. It is designed to work with others where each contribution by default is owned by one user. But besides the default, users can allow others to edit an item. This article elaborates on these principles and possibilities.

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This article is written by Oni, Ino's alter ego in this website. Only has normal member privileges and acts as an interested researcher with his own opinion on the whole matter. Oni added this article to Ino's shared working space.

Something interesting happens. Now all members can add and delete articles to and from this working space, but they cannot change the content of articles written by anyone else. But after one article, you can add your own article and for example a second one with a reflection on the both above.

How to setup a shared working space

In steps:

  • create a 'set'
  • edit the set
  • set the edit-permission of this set to 'members' (top bar)
  • GO

When you accept changes by others in your articles, you can do the same there.

Trust levels in Anymeta

Anymeta has five levels of trust:

  • ME
  • My friends (the members on this website which you indicated as your friend)
  • My acquaintances (the people you indicated that you know)
  • Members of the website (everybody who can log in to this website)
  • Everybody (everybody who visits this website, including search engines like Google)

At the moment the function to indicate that somebody on this website is your friend or acquaintance is turned off. Three levels remain: me, members and everybody.

For every item in the website you can set the permissions for viewing, commenting and editing. By default the settings are as follows:

  • Everybody can view the item
  • Members can comment on an item (people have to log in to react)
  • Only the creator can edit an item

Besides this, users with webmaster-permission can see and edit everything.

There is an fourth permissing, 'linking', at the moment this is only used for tagging people in pictures. Users can others allow to tag people in their pictures.

These levels are about trust. We think that you trust 'friends' more than 'acquaintances'. And you trust acquaintances more than just a regular unknown user of this website. So you can set the different permissions (view, comment, edit) to these groups, and change them when appropriate. When you write an new article which you like to think about yourself first, set the view permission to ME. Later you like comments by your friends. So set the view and commenting to Friends. When it is ready for public, set view to Everybody, commenting to Members and editing to Friends. (When you are ok that friends change your article).

Each item has one owner who manages the rights of the item. Ownership can be transfered by a webmaster.

Your collection

In this website we use the 'like' function as a shopping cart for each user. While using the site you stumble over interesting articles. Put it in your shopping cart by 'collect this item'. The content of your shopping cart is shown on your profile page.

While working in working spaces you like to link items from your shopping cart to the working space, as follows: Edit the working space, click 'Insert item' (bottom middle column), click 'Choose from your collection' and search or select the item.

You can remove items from your cart on the page of the item. Go to the item and click 'This article is now part of your personal collection'. Confirm removal.


Anymeta has a notification system which you can configure yourself, at 'preferences'. These notifications send you an email when someone does something with your items, like an edit, a like, a share, a comment etc.

We are rethinking this permission system continiously, so please comment below with your opinions and ideas.

Oni , Ino Paap