Mick was recently asking me (elsewhere) why I use SMF Articles mod on my SMF forum, where I do have TP installed. On my site, a particular membergroup uses articles for writing tutorials. Note that I do use TP articles for certain website features. But only I have access to it. For example the page on the Home tab is a TP article. (https://forum.inkscapecommunity.com/index.php
I guess the short answer is that when I first started the site, it was the first time I had ever owned/admin'd a website, and I was pretty overwhelmed. Even today, 4 years later, I groan when I have to go into the TP panel.** I tried Simple Portal on another forum (which I inherited, and had help converting to SMF) and it's very newbie-friendly. (The person who was helping me claimed that TP was not going to be developed any more, and suggested I should switch to Simple Portal.)
But anyway, I couldn't find how to disallow html and php articles for members to write articles. And I didn't want members to have that kind of power. I also didn't want to have to teach them how to navigate TP, because at the time I didn't get that the articles could be separate. I thought if I allowed members to write TP articles, they would have access to part of the admin panel. And I wanted articles to be simple and straightforward, where newbies could use it without much help. But most of all, I couldn't find how to allow members to write TP articles in the first place.
As I think about it today, it probably would be straightforward for this membergroup, if I have it set only for bbcode articles. But only just today, Mick told me settings are in Permissions. I kept looking in the TP panel, and 4 years ago concluded it must be controlled in some way that was over my head - I thought maybe some kind of coding or editing some code must be needed. So when I found SMF Articles, in the midst of all that confusion, it was a no-brainer.
You know, I've looked through Permissions countless times, and very carefully set everything for all the membergroups and stuff. But I never once even expanded the Manage Tiny Portal section to look at it! Why? Because I don't want anyone except myself managing TP. So I left all the membergroups on Disallow.
Now that I open it, I see that there's a problem with context, in the section or category title. Notice how all the other section titles answer the question 'what do you want this membergroup to be able to do?' So for example, I only open "Moderate the forum" section when I'm setting moderator group permissions. Which usergroup do I want to manage TP? None. And since I didn't want anyone but myself to manage TP, I never even looked at the category.
Better language suggestion for the TP Permissions category: "Use TP" or "TP Options". Or even just "TP Permissions".
Or, I've noticed that other parts of the admin panel offer permission options. For example, go to SMF admin panel > Forum > Boards > Settings. See how you can set those relevant permissions right there, instead of going to admin panel > Members > Permissions ? Maybe TP could put something like that in the TP panel? I wouldn't even have been confused by the permission section title there.
** (I could share about other areas where I was confused and overwhelmed, if it would be helpful.)