How To: Reinstate/unhide a hidden category (i.e., discussion group, forum, etc.)

khadkhad Social Choreographer

Team Member
edited January 2013 in Lounge
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  • melgmelg Junior Member

    Is it possible to unhide a discussion group? :-S

  • khadkhad Social Choreographer

    Team Member

    I'm not sure what you mean, melg. Could you provide some more details?

  • thightowerthightower T-Dog Agile's Mascot Community Moderator
    edited January 2013

    Hey Melg

    Not from what I have found so far. I hid the windows discussion group and alas I have not been able to find a way to restore it. my google search hasn't turned up any good results either.

    @khad if you go to the main forum page and hover over a topic area and then click on the gear icon that shows up you will find an option to hide the particular forum.

  • thightowerthightower T-Dog Agile's Mascot Community Moderator

    @khad Same goes for my signature there is not an option in the user settings to correct this, Dave gave it a peak the other evening but was unable to see anything either. :(

  • thightowerthightower T-Dog Agile's Mascot Community Moderator
    edited January 2013

    @melg

    The only way I found to see one of the groups once hidden was to know the actual forum name. All I could find was you need to visit the exact url in order to see it. Maybe the team can find a way time will tell.

    Here they are:

    Announcements = http://discussions.agilebits.com/categories/general-announcements

    Lounge = http://discussions.agilebits.com/categories/general-lounge

    1Password Mac from Agilebits site = http://discussions.agilebits.com/categories/1password-mac-agilebits

    1Password Mac from the Mac App Store = http://discussions.agilebits.com/categories/1password-mac-app-store

    Browser Extensions = http://discussions.agilebits.com/categories/1password-mac-browser-extensions

    1Password for iOS Devices = http://discussions.agilebits.com/categories/1password-ios

    1Password for Windows = http://discussions.agilebits.com/categories/1password-windows

    1Password for Android = http://discussions.agilebits.com/categories/1password-android

    1Password for Windows Phone = http://discussions.agilebits.com/categories/1password-windows-phone

    1Password 2 (Legacy) = http://discussions.agilebits.com/categories/1password-tiger-and-leopard

    Knox Support = http://discussions.agilebits.com/categories/knox-for-mac

    ps I had to pull these from my wife's login :( as mine are well hidden :P

  • khadkhad Social Choreographer

    Team Member
    edited January 2013

    As far as I can tell there is not a way to unhide a forum via the UI. You'll need to follow these very convoluted steps.

    1. Grab the "Hide" URL for one of the other forums. Don't actually hide it. Just copy the URL for hiding it.
    2. Change the value parameter in the URL from 0 to 1.
    3. Change the categoryid parameter in the URL to the ID of the category you wish to reinstate/unhide:
     6 Announcements
     7 Agile Lounge
    11 Mac (from AgileBits website)
    12 + Website Betas
    25 Mac (from Mac App Store)
    26 + Mac App Store Betas
    14 Browser Extensions
    21 + Browser Extensions Betas
     9 iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
    19 Windows
    13 + Windows Betas
    18 Android
    20 Windows Phone
     5 1Password 2 (Legacy)
    17 Knox for Mac
    

    As an example, if you hid the Windows category and your personal key is ABCDEF123456 then this is the URL you would use to reinstate/unhide the Windows category:

    http://discussions.agilebits.com/vanilla/category/follow?categoryid=19&value=1&tkey=ABCDEF123456
    

    Note that the category ID is 19 which corresponds to "Windows" in the list above. The value is 1 to "enable" the category. The key is specific to your account and will be different than the one used as an example above.

    Cheers!

  • melgmelg Junior Member

    Thanks for the help thightower and Khad. I made the mistake of seeing what would happen if I hid something. Alas, I lost my Lounge. It's going to take some effort for me to get used to the new forum. [-O<

  • melgmelg Junior Member

    You'll need to follow these very convoluted steps.

    I did, and it worked. I can't remember the last time I actually typed in a URL that long, but there was a will so...

    BTW, so glad the new forum uses Markdown. Makes things so much easier.

  • thightowerthightower T-Dog Agile's Mascot Community Moderator

    You da man khad Fixed me up also. :D

  • MikeTMikeT Agile Samurai

    Team Member

    Hi guys,

    I'm glad Khad was able to help you there. I'll pass it on to our forum company to find a way to add this because it is definitely should be easy to unhide just as easy as hiding.

  • thightowerthightower T-Dog Agile's Mascot Community Moderator
    edited February 2013

    Hey guys,

    I was sitting around the house this evening and not much happening here or the Dropbox forums. So I fired up TextExpander and made a snip-it that when invoked will fill in the info above and prompt you to add the category from khad's list above, and you will need your personal key he also references above.

    If you don't mind typing the url there is no need for the snip-it, and as far as I know it only works using TextExander 4, and will not work with any earlier version due to the fill in prompts etc.

    "http://discussions.agilebits.com/vanilla/category/follow?categoryid=%filltext:name=Catagory_ID%&amp;value=1&amp;tkey=%filltext:name=User_Key%"

    Just a sorta passing the time sorta thing :D

    It will also make it useful for those of us whom may occasionally wish to hide things again. With an easy undo.

    Please note:

    1. The info in my post above should only be used with TextExpander as some of the info is directly related to TextExpander and use of it by copy and paste into a browser may yield unpredictable results.
  • benfdcbenfdc Perspective Giving Member

    Alas, this Unhide Forum trick only seems to work if the user already has access rights.

  • khadkhad Social Choreographer

    Team Member

    I'm not sure what you mean, @benfdc. Is there something you need help with, or were you just commenting that users that don't have access to a private category (i.e. beta versions) can't use this "trick" to get around that?

  • benfdcbenfdc Perspective Giving Member
    edited October 2013

    The latter.

  • khadkhad Social Choreographer

    Team Member

    Ah! Then things are working as designed. :P

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