What is ‘toggle unlisted’ for in the compose window? What is an unlisted topic actually?
Hided, kind of. It doesn’t show up in /latest etc but is there. But if someone knows topic that user can see it. Plus staff of course.
I’m using unlisting in two cases:
- unmature sending (quite easy mistake on iPad anyway)
- topic needs some extra care taking or it is in waiting list, and I want to be sure most of users don’t see it.
Points of note:
An unlisted topic will not show up in a search using the Discourse search, even as a category moderator they do not show up in a search which makes them hard to find at times.
A topic that is listed then converted to unlisted may have been indexed by a search engine such as Google before becoming unlisted. As such while these topics are hard to find with a Discourse search they are easier to find with a Google search even though one of the points of unlisting them is to keep them from being found with a search engine.
In addition to what Jagster said, here is a more indepth explanation
The difference between Closed, Unlisted and Archived topics Eric beat me to it haha
This is the default for embedded topics to post as unlisted but that can be changed in settings:
Can be a helpful feature for draft of topic to be posted as unlisted first to review/edit before making public.
The public can still see unlisted topics if they have a link to url.
As a small tip, you can add
?status=unlisted to a topic list URL and filter to just those ones (as long as you have permission to see them, so TL4+)
That should be emphasized. Until a topic list was used, was not having success with the qualifier, e.g.