I am the creator of the following forum - http://thepropden.aokforums.com/index.php
- hosted by - forummate.com - and we have a serious problem with the permission settings in the phpbb3 format. I remember the previous format being much simpler, with fewer options, where user and forum settings and permissions were merged. The current system has the too many permission areas where to change them and when setting them in one area of the admin control panel it overrides the settings made elsewhere.
We currently have users who can see our hidden sections but when viewing their profile permission we cannot see that they can view the hidden forums. This is just not acceptable that we cannot be sure that the sections we choose to hide from members are not visible to them for browsing. The fact that the admin panel has so many features is in my mind the reason why we cannot figure out how to solve the problem and we cannot go through the profile settings of every single user to make sure that they cannot see those particular sections. In the old format, when setting up the forum permissions, you also set up the user permissions as well and it was simple and was safe. It is just too overwhelming now and we need to get this sorted. Our hosting service cannot help us with this as they view it as a phpbb3 issue or glitch.
I would very much like to hear what can be done to ensure that sections chosen only to be viewable by admin and mods cannot and will not be viewable by the members. All the settings seems right, but if it is one permission area overriding another, then we cannot find it and correct it. If it wasn't because we have good members of the forum, we would never have known the issue that hidden sections were visible to user whose setting was set to not being able to view them. I don't know what else to do. I really hope you can help out and hopefully rethink the whole admin panel to make it much simpler, so permission settings for forums and users won't override each other and make a mess of who has permission to see what.
It has been shown that they are able to view it in the active topics list, so how do I remove posts from hidden sections from that view list or prevent them from showing up there in the first place? Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks for listening.