Thanks both for the replies.
The original issue (term used loosely) started when the “Is Hidden” option was removed from the settings, from memory, and excuse me if I am wrong (it was a while back), this didn’t show the category to anyone, but it still remained, so if we wanted to turn it back on in the future we could do so and retain the posts and so on. The benefit of this was that staff didn’t see it in the normal day-to-day use of the site either, but they were still accessible via settings etc.
After the change, a post or two led to the use of the css to hide the categories from the latest view, and subsequently, via mobile also. So we were back to having a scenario where no one could see them, but they still appeared in the settings.
I like the idea of using the permissions, from the perspective of simplicity and just the one switch to make a change so to speak, but obviously the downside is that it will clutter up our own use of the forum. I appreciate I could bump them to the bottom of the list and so on to make them more out of the way, but then we’re back in the realms of hacky/fixy rather than solution
The categories were for courses that were being offered, currently, these courses have been suspended, and I’m not personally in a position to say/know whether they will come back - I suspect this is part of the reason there is a desire to retain the content rather than just delete it. (deleting it would have been my own personal preference initially, but that’s not my call).
I’m assuming there is no way to remove all permissions so that no one can see them, and at the same time not screw up the settings, e.g. in such a way that permissions couldn’t later be added back? Just a thought, as that would then work in the manner @robmc describes, but also for the benefit of staff. Kind of manageable but not visible.
Thanks again for the replies.
September 20, 2018 8:56 PM (Europe: Paris), September 20, 2018 11:56 AM (America: Los Angeles)
@justindirose - just a thought based on something you mentioned above;
The content will still be there but not visible to anyone not in the staff group.
I could potentially create a group then, let’s call it “HiddenCategories”, set it as the only group to have access to a category, and then ensure that no one is a member of it? If I wanted to then see a hidden category later, I could add myself to the “HiddenCategories” group and it would appear in my views. If we ever decided to bring the category back to life so to speak, we could then just assign the normal groups permissions and remove the “HiddenCategories” group.
Do you think that would work?