Hide user profile and from user page & user search


Is it possible to for users to hide their Discourse profile and hide themselves from the user page & user search?

Secondly is it possible to give users read-only access?

Finally can these setting be set via the API?

As some background:
We have a closed Forum setup, authenticated via SSO to a separate systems where users already have profiles and the ability to hide their profiles from other users. I’m thinking if a user set their profile as private in the other system, we would hide their discourse profile, and hide them from the user page and search, and restrict them to read-only access.


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Not currently possible, no.

This is possible now, though I am not sure it removes the user from search – check your user preferences to hide your presence and user page.


It does not remove the user’s username (or full name) from the Advanced search’s username autocomplete, which I consider a security problem.

Please let me know what you think

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Hi Pete,

You could setup some users with a read only access.

You can accomplish this one of 2 ways I know of.

Trust Level or utilizing groups.

In category settings-security set either example Trust Level 0 or the group you want to see(read only)

Trust Level 0. See
readonlyGro. See
Readnwrite Grp. See/Reply/Create

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