I have been searching around, and not being able to find a clear answer to this. (Partly maybe also because I am not so familiar with the Discourse terminology yet). I am assessing usecases in the hope that Discourse can support them.).
(I have seen the terms public/hidden categories as well as public/private forum used - I am not sure what applies here. I have also seen a comment somewhere that the WP-Discourse plugin could not handle a “private forum”. I am not sure if that is needed here - but I just wish to clarify if I can do what I need to).
The use case is that I wish to “unite” users/comments from a closed Discourse community with “outsiders” through WP posts. (First stage this would simply be blog posts. Later, it could probably also be WP posts used in an unrelated membership plugin on the WP site).
But the WP users/comments are outsiders/foreigners to the Discourse insider community.
By using Discourse as comment system, and syncing comments both ways, the idea is to encourage the WP outsiders to get involved. (More likely to participate / get responses when the insiders are active on the same posts).
Q1: The neatest looking would be if the outsiders only see the comments in WP and not the forum thread. Is this possible,and if so, what setting would be required? (What if it is not public/visible - can the plugin still sync comments with it?).
Q2: If this is not possible, I guess the simpler solution is that this “WP forum thread” would be in a category which is public/visible, while the rest of the insider community would be in private/hidden categories - both accessible to the insiders?
(We keep SSO out of the use case for simplicity).
Q3: So the overall question is: How to enable the insiders and outsiders to mingle in that “WP comment zone” - and whether that zone in Discourse needs to be visible in general, or if everything can be closed/hidden, except for the comments synced to the WP post?
This was tricky to write, without fully knowing the vocabulary. I hope it made sense.