Using groups for VIP invitations

This rather came up by accident. But it might come in handy: using groups for VIP invitations.

1

Create a group and set all it’s permissions to Group owners and moderators. So the group is invisible to it’s members.

Add members and don’t inform them.

2

Create a category and set all it’s permissions so that only group members can access it.

3

Send a message to the group and invite them to your new category.

(I think that’s a glitch in the Discourse ux: the group is invisible to the user on the Groups page, but shows up in the message)

4

Present whatever you want in your VIP category.

Extra

Extra

I used a category image here. By default they show up quite big in the Category list view. I adjusted the image’s size with this solution:

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