Why can I still see unlisted topics on the front page?

I have unlisted some topics but I still see them on the front page, but marked with the unlisted icon.
What does unlisted actually mean? Who/when/where can see unlisted topics?

Ideally I would like the topics not to appear on the front page or category pages, but still come up for explicit searches

Unlisted means you can only access the topic as Staff or with a direct URL.

It is hidden from latest/category pages for all non-staff users


Are you logged in as an admin? Other users won’t see them.

Edit: Damn it Matt. You’re too quick!


Thanks. Are both moderators and admins staff? Are there any other kind of staff?

Also is there a way to make a post searchable & accessible via direct URL but not automatically visible even to staff?

Yes (both are) and no (there are not others). You can see who your staff are at /admin/users/list/staff

Not that I’m aware of.