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Read-only access to the Web database for certain groups?

Our content authors like the facility to be able to directly check the live content by switching to the Web database. To avoid changes being made directly into Web rather than via Master, what is the best way to ensure Read-Only access to the Web database for specified groups? We find that the permissions set on Master are migrated to Web when content is published, so it seems that we cannot maintain two independent permission “trees” for Master & Web.
Any guidance in this area would be greatly appreciated.

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  • If your users do not have the role Sitecore Client Maintaining than the database selector in the bottom right of the sitecore desktop will disapear. Other wise assign access rights to /sitecore/content/Applications/Desktop/Tray/Database in the core database by deny read rights. This won't prevent users to add ?sc_content=web querystring to the url.