Currently my forum is publicly viewable, all posts and threads are visible to gusts etc. Some members are now questioning this in regard to our specific subject area and the fact that at times we discuss their customers or business's.
What they dont want is customers stumbling onto the forum and reading stuff! I had contemplated making the whole forum members only but my worry is that this will impact our rankings in google and content listings in google. I also fear doing this will reduce member registration rates. In the past we had guest view limits which impacted registrations.
The other option was to just have a small members only area of the forum but some members feel that this would be confusing and mean members having almost a duplicate or similar private are to public areas.
Any help or thoughts on this would be great.