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Private person is an active record extension gem that allows a model to be given privacy settings over arbitrary models and polymorphic relations, putting users’ accounts in control of their own privacy policies.


To get started, add private_person to your Gemfile.

gem 'private_person'

Next, run the install:

rails g private_person:install

Set up your models:

# e.g. app/models/user.rb using ChalkDust as the subscription model
class User < ActiveRecord::Base
  acts_as_permissor of: [
                            :user_followers # Or any method/scope names that will show who this User is being the permissor of
                        ], class_name: 'User' # The class_name indicates the class of the objects in the methods above.

  def follow(user)
    ChalkDust.subscribe(self, :to => user)

  def following_users

  def user_followers

# e.g. app/models/page.rb
class Page < ActiveRecord::Base
  acts_as_permissible :by => :user
  belongs_to :user

# Then, when you need to know who’s permitted:

@user.is_permitted? friend_user, Page

Contributing to Private Person

  • Check out the latest master to make sure the feature hasn’t been implemented or the bug hasn’t been fixed yet.

  • Check out the issue tracker to make sure someone already hasn’t requested it and/or contributed it.

  • Fork the project.

  • Start a feature/bugfix branch.

  • Commit and push until you are happy with your contribution.

  • Make sure to add tests for it. This is important so I don’t break it in a future version unintentionally.

  • Please try not to mess with the Rakefile, version, or history. If you want to have your own version, or is otherwise necessary, that is fine, but please isolate to its own commit so I can cherry-pick around it.

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