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Design issue Hidden Category with Watched Forums Shows Contains No Messages


Well-known member
If you are watching a forum in a hidden category ('Display in the node list' unchecked), the Watch Forum lists the forum, but it says it contains no messages.


The user has explicit permission to view the forum via both user permissions and user group permissions.


XenForo developer
Staff member
Unfortunately, I think this is a design issue. The need to display the forum you're watching on this page contradicts the other display in list option requirements. It leads to a situation where we can't get the data because the forum you're viewing isn't really supposed to be listed.

There was a similar issue to this before (where the forum you watched wasn't listed at all), so this is really a less significant issue than that.


Well-known member
I had a little time, and found that if you comment out one section of the code in library/XenForo/ControllerPublic/Watched.php the last thread shows...
    * List of all new watched content.
    * @return XenForo_ControllerResponse_Abstract
   public function actionForums()
     /** @var $nodeModel XenForo_Model_Node */
     $nodeModel = $this->getModelFromCache('XenForo_Model_Node');
     $forumWatchModel = $this->_getForumWatchModel();
     $visitor = XenForo_Visitor::getInstance();

     $forumsWatched = $forumWatchModel->getUserForumWatchByUser($visitor['user_id']);
     $nodes = $nodeModel->getAllNodes(false, false);

     foreach ($nodes AS $nodeId => $node)
       if ($node['display_in_list'])

//       if (!isset($forumsWatched[$nodeId]))
//       {
//         unset($nodes[$nodeId]);
//       }

     $viewParams = array(
       'nodeList' => $nodeModel->getNodeListDisplayData($nodes, 0, 0),
       'forumsWatched' => $forumsWatched

     return $this->responseView('XenForo_ViewPublic_Watched_Forums', 'watch_forums', $viewParams);
I don't know what impact this has on any other part of the code, but it seems to work.


XenForo developer
Staff member
Yes, it creates other situations which are incorrect (listing and considering forums that aren't normally shown).