Re: re-purposing mu/buddypress to act more like classic wordpress
Try changing default role here (domain.com/wp-admin/wpmu-blogs.php?action=editblog&id=1) and here (domain.com/wp-admin/options.php) to “contributor” then do a test registration to see if the new user is a contributor or subscriber.
If that doesn’t work in wp-includeswpmu-functions.php change this:
add_user_to_blog(‘1’, $user_id, ‘subscriber’);
add_user_to_blog(‘1’, $user_id, ‘author’);
That should take care of all future signups, however existing users will be unchanged. If you don’t have too many users yet you can simply manually change them to authors, however, if you have a lot of signups check out this thread for a way to mass add users as authors.