I found the permissions setting and first went in and set them for each group (free members, paying members, etc). What I'm trying to accomplish is paying members having access to additional forums and free members can see the forums exist but they can't get in (so I don't want to make the paid forums completely private because I don't want to hide them).
Right now I'm in Node Permissions are and the page says:
Node Permission: Name of Forum
Then there is an empty field to enter a user name and a button that says 'enter permission' (don't know what goes in there)
Underneath are the 4 levels I currently have assigned (admin, moderator, free member and paid member) and after each name a button called group button.
When I click on those group buttons it seems like the general permission area opens up again. Or are these permissions for that specific forum only?
Perhaps I'm doing this right (how delightful would that be), but if I'm not, can you guide me?