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Is it possible to create a dropbox account with two types of users:

  1. The owner (me) with full permissions (read/write).
  2. The public (members of a club) with read-only access to the one file in the box.

The club is getting new members every day. So we will need a person to welcome the new member, ask for her e-mail address, then add her to the list of people, who shares the file.

My idea is to create an account with a short name, that is easy to remember, and give that name to the new member. This account should then hold the LINK to the "public" file in the other Dropbox account. My paranoia is that malicious members could delete, or edit that.

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Yes.

  1. Make a Dropbox account in the usual way.
  2. Put the file(s) in your public folder.
  3. Right-click the file, select copy public link.
  4. Share that link. E.g. this.
  5. Repeat until done.
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  • The problem is, that the club is getting new members every day. So we will need a person to welcome the new member, ask for her e-mail address, then add her to the list of people, who shares the file... My idea is to create an account with a short name, that is easy to remember, and give that name to the new member. This account should then hold the LINK to the "public" file in the other Dropbox account. My paranoia is that malicious members could delete, or edit
    – Otto Sparre
    Mar 11 '14 at 14:21
  • It would be too easy for an angry member to make this solution useless.
    – Otto Sparre
    Mar 11 '14 at 14:34
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    @Otto Did you try it? The public link gives them access to view/download the file, not save changes back to the original file. This is "read-only" access and they don't even need to be added to the dropbox account for this -- you just send them the link to view the file.
    – eisb
    Mar 11 '14 at 15:37
  • Also, you don't actually have to put the file in the public folder, as the public link can be generated for any file in your dropbox.
    – eisb
    Mar 11 '14 at 15:47
  • @Otto I may not have made it clear but the link to the txt file in this answer is in my personal Dropbox. You can access it without any account if you have the link and your access is read-only. Mar 13 '14 at 10:56

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