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Implemented Create permission to allow forum thread titles to be viewed, but not thread content

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Brogan, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I would like an additional permission which allows users to click on a forum title and see the thread listing, but when clicking on a thread title, the usual message relating to lack of permissions is displayed.

    So for example, this is what a guest would see when clicking on the Have You Seen forum, the same as a normal registered user: http://xenforo.com/community/forums/have-you-seen/
    But that's as much as they can see, they can't actually read any of the threads.

    I did a search to see if this had been suggested already but nothing came up.
  2. Tanax

    Tanax Active Member

    Agreed. Serves wonders as "teasers" for guests to see the topics but not being able to get into the actual threads, thus making them more likely to sign up.
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  3. mjp

    mjp Well-Known Member

  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    If this can't be implemented then being able to see the node title would be a start.

    Right now if I set the "View node" permission to Default, it disappears from view completely.
    So I have no way of letting guests know there is X forum as they either have full read access or it doesn't appear at all.
    Alien and erich37 like this.
  5. Carl

    Carl Well-Known Member

    Yep it's quite a lacking feature one that im holding out for.
  6. CFodder

    CFodder Well-Known Member

    Definitely agree Brogan, it's probably the one main thing stopping us going to XF live.
    nora likes this.
  7. SnG

    SnG Member

    Make a permissions setting where unregister users can view the forums, but have to register to view the contents.

    Example : We set the permission on revoke, people can see the forum and threads, but when they access it, it will give them a error: You do not have permission to view this thread, or you must register to view the content.

    *It would be nice if we can setup the message for the unregistered user.
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  8. anotheralias

    anotheralias Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I didn't realize we couldn't do that until the other day.
    erich37 likes this.
  9. Veer

    Veer Well-Known Member

    +1 this.
  10. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    The only things you'll achieve are less traffic (search engines can't get to your content and rank it for people to find) and an unfriendly welcome to the guests who against all odds do find your site, which will make it less likely they will stay let alone register.
  11. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    A message under the forum's name could solve the unfriendliness: Only registered users can see the contents.

    What is better:
    #1 Not to see the forum at all
    #2 See the forum but to be aware of a necessary registration.
    anotheralias likes this.
  12. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I've merged this thread with an earlier suggestion.
  13. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    I just discovered this suggestion :),

    Although I am also worried about this:
    ... I believe I can definitely make use of this for a new XenForo (business-)client I am attracting. They want to have (some) non-public forums on their platform who can only be accessed by paying. I think that by showing the thread-titles instead of only the forum title <-- or even nothing at all (invisible forums), it will stimulate the interest in the forum and subsequently/logically it will stimulate payments, so it is beneficial for the monetization of the forums.

    If it's a paid-for only forum, Google can not access it anyway, so the worries about that don't apply here (in my example) to begin with.
    erich37 likes this.
  14. marco1_79

    marco1_79 Member

    I really would like to see this feature.
    It's very important for a paid membership forum
  15. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Just adding my support to this suggestion, it is a pretty important one, the ability to show guests that you *have* the content they need but that they *need* to register to get at it... fairly important I would have thought :)

    Until today I was not aware this option wasn't built in already... was quite surprised to find it isn't.
    MCTSS and erich37 like this.
  16. bhuwan

    bhuwan Member

    Need this feature myself too!
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  17. Allan

    Allan Well-Known Member

    +1, good idea.
    erich37 likes this.
  18. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    great suggestion, I would definitely love to see this implemented!

    Alternatively it would be great just to see the Forum-node, but clicking on that "hidden" Forum will result in the Error-Message "You are required to Log-in to see this.....".

    Thanks Mike :)
  19. Floris

    Floris Guest

    must have, beyond control of sanity
  20. xmlxp

    xmlxp Active Member

    Urgently must have x 10^6

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