So, I've read multiple helpful guides on permissions, as well as the official XF docs, and I feel/felt like I finally understood how to do things. But still having sketchy results getting a moderator group to see a private subforum or use functionality. If anyone knows what I'm doing wrong, I'd really appreciate any tips. Registered usergroup The moderators have their default group set to this one. Here's the relevant permissions for the registered usergroup: Notably, registered users can 'like' posts, create new threads, etc. The usual stuff. "Post new thread" is also set to allow (below the screenshot cutoff point) I have a public parent forum that has no custom permissions. Registered users are able to do everything above. I then have a private subforum below the public one. This value is properly set: All permissions for this private subforum are set to 'inherit all' for all usergroups, including registered users. EXCEPT for a single moderator group. To test out my understanding of the permission system, all I did was give the moderator group the ability to "view node". I assumed this meant that the mods could see the private subforum, and then could do any actions they inherit from 'registered' However, this didn't work as expected. The moderators can indeed see the private subforum. Other users can't, so that's good But there's spotty functionality they can actually do They can reply to existing threads They can't create new threads The 'like' option doesn't appear etc I double checked that there's no weird moderation rules set on the private forum itself, as well as the parent/public forum. Both match: I also double checked that the moderators have 'registered' set as their primary usergroup. They do. Also, none of these users are explicitly set as "moderator" on the private forum on an individual basis, so it's not that I accidentally gave them 'revoke' permissions on that level. Is there something crucial that I'm missing here? I had hoped that because of the additive properties for usergroups, that I could do something as simple as 'view node' for mod groups and potentially add on stronger capabilities as needed (like the ability to delete threads in the mod forum). But they aren't able to do basic user capabilities like making new threads. Note that we did a big import from VB 3, so for all I know there's some other insidious setting on the node/user/I don't know level that I'm missing. At the moment I'm trying to clean up the migration carnage and do things the right way. Thanks for reading!