Admins can accidentally create uncategorized topics without meaning to


(Allen - Watchman Monitoring) #1

Continuing the discussion from Disallowing "uncategorized" entries still offers uncategorized as default category and

Admin/mods can post to “uncategorized” with “allow uncategorized topics” disabled

A fellow admin on a site I run was able to do this the other day. When i asked him about it he said he had no idea, and had meant to put it into the Benefits category

Site settings:

Where I fixed it:

I think my fellow admin just forgot to pick anything here:


(Jeff Atwood) #2

This is by design. Staff is immune from this check.


(Allen - Watchman Monitoring) #3

Bummer. The result is embarrassment as someone in charge made a post which no one saw.


(Clay Heaton) #4

I also disagree with this behavior for exactly the same reason, in a corporate environment. There should be an “Allow Admins to post to Uncategorized” option for turning it off in these situations.


(Sam Saffron) #5

Uncategorised is and always was a train wreck, it should just be a normal category with no special semantics, don’t like it, rename or remove. Badge suppression can be done with CSS

I will eventually get to this


(Felix Freiberger) #6

Personally, I feel that allowing admins to bypass that is right, but the default should be the same as for moderators.


(Allen - Watchman Monitoring) #7

I don’t care if my fellow administrators choose “uncategorized” from the pop-up menu, I just want to prevent them from accidentally not setting a category.


(Philip Battin) #8

I agree - if it is not supposed to be used on the forum - why should admins be able to use it?


(Jeff Atwood) #9

There is a LOOONG list of things nobody else can do that admins can do. :wink:


(Allen - Watchman Monitoring) #10

There are two reasons I disable Uncategorized

  • It’s “selected” by default, making it far to easy to use.
  • We have people watching specific categories. When topics are created in the wrong category, users don’t get notified of the new information.

I never intended to say that there’s no purpose to “Uncategorized” I’m trying to protect people (fellow admins in this case) from making unintentional mistakes.

ADDITION -

This post is the same, only I’m trying to get the same experience for admins