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Forum Search 17 Feb 2019 14:40 #1

  • Carnaby
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I've just been notified of a potential forum issue.

Non-members visiting the forum have access to the 'Search' facility. If they use this, it only reveals posts to which they have access.

For example a random search of a few locations revealed the following non-member / member hits
Andreas 13/72
Barnham 46/265
Brayton Park 2/26
Bowes Moor 2/32
Goxhill 44/308
Handforth 8/159
Honiley 14/111
Kelmarsh 2/70
Kirkton 1/13
Talbenny 12/84

This could put potential joiners off as 'there's no info on the forum' The observation was from a recent user who assumed the majority of his posts had been deleted.

Note that if 'found' posts contain pictures they are hidden which might suggest to the non-member that all posts are being revealed.

Does this require attention - perhaps a banner on the Search when not logged in, informing of the limited results? (together with a 'pay-up and get more!)
Plan A is always more effective when the problem you are working on understands that Plan B will involve the use of dynamite :twisted:

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Forum Search 17 Feb 2019 17:29 #2

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Just by way of explanation of how everything should be working ....

It has long been the case (a couple of years) that when viewing topics and you are not logged in, that photos are not visible

This primarily to ensure that bots are unable to harvest photos, eg for display in google image searches, and to prevent photos being linked directly from external websites and blogs often without attribution

Logged in Registered Users who are not paid up members should still be able to see the photos in the posts in the "free" areas of the forum if those posts have photos in them

Similarly it has always been the case that users (who are registered, but) who are not paid up members, do not see, and are unable to search, inside the member areas.

From last August the paid up members area was effectively considerably expanded so that registered only users can see much less

There was an announcement at the top of the forum until recently when it was superceded by one about third party links, however we have found in the past that users don't read announcements or prompts.

Over to the Admins and the board.....

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Forum Search 17 Feb 2019 21:05 #3

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Just checked and a site specific Google search doesn't come up with anything in the paid for area. I assume all the searches carried out before the paid area went live have been deleted.

I haven't checked the Internet Archive though.
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