The Spoof addon allows Admins to "impersonate" other users in order to experience the Vanilla community as that user would.
This is beneficial for troubleshooting an issue or strange behavior that might arise for non-Admin users, but which Admins don't experience due to their permissions. By temporarily logging in to the community as a non-Admin user, an Admin can experience an issue or strange behavior first-hand and not have to rely solely on a user's notes or explanations.
📝 NOTE: The Spoof addon must be enabled in the Dashboard.
Enable the Spoof addon
- Navigate to Settings > Addons > Addons.
- Scroll down to Spoof and slide the toggle to the right to enable the addon.
Spoof a user
- Navigate to Moderation > Site > Users.
- Click the Spoof icon (see image below) next to the user you want to spoof.
You are now experiencing your Vanilla community as though you are the spoofed user.
📝 NOTE: You must sign out of Vanilla to end the spoofing session. Log back in with your usual credentials in order to access your Admin account.