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    1. david

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      Significant thought has been given to keeping a number of sections private, viewable by registration only. At the moment a significant part of the forum is hidden from the search engines. New members will be able to view it upon completing a successful registration.
       
    2. rob

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      It certainly does widen out when logged in :D
       
    3. david

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      I like the idea of keeping some sections viewable to registered members only. I know it's something that has been discussed in the past. What are your thoughts? Feel free to reply in the feedback section if you feel it is more appropriate.
       
    4. Alex Jordan

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      I like that sections are hidden, but to attract more registrations you may have to widen the number that are open. Just thinking about people who come along and don;t see much happening, are they likely to want to join?
       
    5. david

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      For the moment, as we are a new forum, I have consolidated all of the marketplace forums under one category. These can be broken out again as and when required.

      What sections do you, and others, feel should not be viewable to unregistered visitors?
       
    6. atlas

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      Once you are logged in, you can't tell whether you are posting in a section that is viewable to unregistered visitors or not - perhaps somewhere near the top of each forum that could be clarified.
       
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      Thanks. That seems sensible. In your opinion are there any sections (e.g. the Nominet, the legal) that should not be viewable to unregistered members?
       
    8. atlas

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      I'm likely not the best person to ask as I figure anything I write on a forum is pretty much available to the public anyhow. However, a private legal section makes sense as it allows one to discuss specific pending legal issues. If there is an appraisal section, it would be nice if that were private, as one could discuss current offers received and how best to deal with them.
       
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      Thanks for your comments. Expect some more changes very soon. :)
       
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      The logged out view ought to have a list , static or otherwise, of the hidden section titles and perhaps post count.

      General message therefore being 'this is active so please register' etc etc.

      Is there any way to deactivate lurkers if say no posts after 60-90 days?
       
    11. david

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      I believe it should be easy to show the currently hidden sections with zero posts on display when logged out rather than completely hiding everything. I shall look into it shortly.

      Probably by running a query on the database to see when a member last posted. Is that something you, and/or other members, think would be a positive feature?
       
    12. greywing

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      Go into admin, applications >> Display node trees >>> Find the forum you want then click permissions >>> Chose usergroup, will usually be unregistered / uncomfirmed >>> First option, view node click "allow"

      There are some addons, but most seem to send emails rather than taking action. Doubt it would be too hard to change that command to switch user to usergroup "unconfirmed"
       
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      Is that an improvement (you'll need to log out). Obviously I will need to add something inviting people to register to see hidden posts.

      Thank you.
       
    14. greywing

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      Examplke would be here

      http://www.royalmarines.uk/

      Look downwards and see the Parents section. That is set like that example of mine above, is that what you wanted?
       
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      Looks the same. Not sure why gTLD Domain Name Discussion says (Contains no messages) when it does (when not logged in). Should say (Private) like the rest do. Permissions all look identical.
       
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      Thanks @greywing. I will look at that addon although I am coping by using two separate browsers on two separate monitors without trouble at the moment! :)

      Thanks also for the note about "view thread by others". If you log out you may now see a notice about registration being required in order to view articles within (private) forums.
       

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