Quoting a closed topic prefills category in composer that should be off-limits


As a regular on the Hopscotch Forum, I have access to most of the categories of topics, but there are some that I can’t create topics in, such as “Announcements” [as I am not a part of the team]. When quoting a post from a topic that had previously been closed, the quote appears in a new topic draft that is automatically set to the category that the closed topic is in. These two facts combine to give users a loophole, permitting them to create topics in categories they shouldn’t normally be able to create them in by simply deleting the quoted post and treating the empty draft as a normal topic draft.


For example, here is an empty topic draft in the Discourse Meta category announcements, which, like the Hopscotch Forum version, is normally off-limits to me.


While I personally have never seen this exploited, I believe that it already has been done somewhere out there, and that it could potentially be an issue if it happens frequently enough that the leadership team of a smaller forum is overwhelmed.

How to reproduce

  1. Find a closed topic in a category that is off limits
  2. Quote a random post
  3. When the quote appears in a topic draft, delete it
  4. Treat it as a typical topic draft that is empty
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Hello and welcome @bfsrcproduc2763 :slight_smile:

I’ve just given this a quick runthrough on my test site and while it prefills the category in the composer, on creating the topic it serves a permission pop-up:

Did you manage to publish a topic on your test run?


I didn’t try. The idea here is that it’s off-limits, so I don’t want to break the rules.


No worries. :slight_smile: I think this is working as expected, though I appreciate the category being prefilled could give the wrong impression.

I’ll slip it over into ux :+1:

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