I'm setting up a new forum for a game that offers as a Kickstarter tier access to special developer feedback forums. We've set them up using Xenforo. Specifically, the producers want everyone to be able to see the forums themselves and the topic list, but not to be able to read or post the actual topics. So just ticking the Private flag isn't enough for this use case. No problem, right? Xenforo has seperate flags for "view threads by others" and "view thread content". Unfortunately it doesn't work.
My group setup:
Registered (default, primary group id)
Developer+ (people with access to these forums, are also members of Registered)
My problem is that if I can't block Registered from these forums at all - if I set ANY negative perms for the Registered group, revoke as well as never, it blocks everyone in the Developer+ group subset as well, even if they are set to explicitly allow.
At this point I'm willing to just make them private forums for now but that doesn't work either.