I have not been using section editors at all. After investigating your broken link idea, I've found the problem.
There is a bug in OJS; after selecting "Assign Editor", the editor assignment email template link points to a sectionEditor action, instead of an editor action:
For example, this link:
should be this instead:
Then, the URL at the login page is correct:
https://testhost/index.php/tj/login?sou ... Review%2F9
I'm fairly certain this isn't my mistake, by clicking "Assign Section Editor" by accident, because I don't have any section editor roles defined. (When I do select "Assign Section Editor", the list is empty.)
Regarding the list of assigned submissions displayed to editors upon login, I guess I'll switch to using section editor roles. I have been creating only editor roles because we only have one section to our journal. (Aside, in the case where there is only one section, the author submission form should default to that section. I've noticed other drop down forms in OJS do default to the only available option in cases where only one option exists.)
Testing all this, I've just noticed an unexpected issue: it appears that editors are permitted to record an editorial decision on articles to which they are not assigned. Is it a design decision not to enforce the permissions associated with editorial assignment?
In general, my workflow is:
i) setup OJS to send an email to user@domain upon receipt of a new submission.
ii) user@domain points to my journal manager, who logs in and assigns an editor
iii) editor clicks on link in editor assignment email, and assigns reviewer
iv) reviewer uses one click access to begin review
(Though, I should probably go back and disable one click access and check if my problems there weren't also due to a broken link.)