'New Topic' button in locked categories


In our forum we have different main categories with some subcategories. The main categories are locked. If you are in one of the main categories the ‘New Topic’ button is grayed out which seems to confuse our users and a few already asked if they are missing any permissions which they used to have. To make this more intuitive we would like to allow creation of topics inside the subcategories without the need to return to the main level. We also thought of creating a small dialog, which explains the “problem” and allow jumping to the sub categories instead. Leaving it grayed would only happen if also all sub categories are “locked”.

Are there any plans on improving this or has anyone experience with this issue and knows a handy workaround for this situation?

Thanks in advance


You can probably hide the button with CSS in your theme.