Enable or disable Social Tags and Note Boards for a user or group (SharePoint Server 2010)

SharePoint 2010

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-11-10

The social tagging features of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 are enabled by default. However, you can disable these features for specific users or groups by removing them from the Use Social Features permission, which is part of the User Profile service. For example, you can disable these features if you do not want specific users or groups to be able to add tags and notes to Web pages.

After you disable the social tagging features, the I Like It and Tags & Notes UI controls will still appear on the Documents and Items tabs of the ribbon for document libraries and lists, and on browse pages in a site. This is because the SocialRibbonControl feature, which regulates the display of these controls, is enabled at the farm level and cannot be configured for individual sites. For more information, see Activate or deactivate the SocialRibbonControl farm-level feature (SharePoint Server 2010).

Before you perform this procedure, confirm the following:

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After you perform this procedure, the users or groups you selected will not be able to use the social tagging features.

To enable or disable social tagging permissions for users or groups
  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:

  2. On the Central Administration Web site, in the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.

  3. In the list of service applications, click the User Profile Service Application link.

  4. On the Manage Profile Service: User Profile Service Application page, in the People section, click Manage User Permissions.

  5. In the Permissions for User Profile Service Application dialog box, type or select a user or group account, and then click Add.

  6. Do one of the following:

    1. To enable the permission, in the Permissions for box, select the Use Social Features check box, and then click OK.

    2. To disable the permission, in the Permissions for box, clear the Use Social Features check box, and then click OK.