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Thanks Kev! It appears my students are back in and able to post as well, so I’ll mark this mystery as resolved (but far from solved!)
OK, you’re not going to believe this….
Everything is working perfectly again!
I didn’t look at the forum all day and just saw your list of questions and registered a new user successfully on bbPress to see if it could be done.
When I got in there as a new user, I was showing as “Member” and when I looked at one of the main forums and the posts there, all the other users were showing as members too.
So I quickly logged out and logged back in as the keymaster and everything is right back where it was – admin link, comment boxes and all!
I’m going to get some of my students to try logging in and make sure it’s working for them too.
(Don’t know if you go in for this stuff, but I actually did some energy work this afternoon and sent it to the forum. That’s the only explanation I have for why it’s working again) = >
Otherwise, it can only be gremlins.
If my students are back up and running, I’ll come back and resolve this thread. Thanks everyone for your help.
Thanks for that. I’m not quite sure how that could be affecting bbPress, since all it does is direct non-logged in visitors to the login page on the WP side.
And I didn’t upgrade to 3.0.1 at all. It’s a brand new site and so it started out with that version.
What’s so weird about this, is that I was able to log into the dashboard Friday night and I didn’t log in again until Sunday night, when I discovered that all users were showing as inactive and the admin link was gone.
In that time, one new user registered and posted twice and then when she went back in the next day she couldn’t post anymore even though she was logged in and was told she didn’t have the permission to start a new topic.
Is there any way the activity of a single user could cause something in all the user roles?
bbPress came with Askimet, bozo and hello dolly, none of which I activated. I only installed and activated zaerl visibility.
On the WP side, I installed ‘registered-users-only’, bbPress-integration and ‘audio-player’ and also activated Askimet.
Thanks for your response. As you’ll notice in my first post, I already tried adding a line in phpMyAdmin to set user_id 1 to keymaster with the code that you said. There was already a line in the database that had originally set that role for me and it looks like it was never changed. (I don’t know if added a line to do it again was right or not). And I also set that user role for the second admin I created which had never previously had a bbPress role assigned. Neither worked.
Re: the visibility – everything in all forums was fully visible from the moment I started working on this and saw that the users were all inactive. I tried all the fixes around creating new users and editing roles in the php first. Everything was still fully visible to me as an “inactive” user throughout.
Removing the visibility plugin from the folder and the database was my last resort and unfortunately it didn’t help or fix anything, so it may have nothing to do with the plugin at all.
As you mentioned, I saw in your FAQ that your plugin wasn’t designed to hide a whole forum. I saw the next FAQ right under that, however, which says:
“How do I create a forum that is visible only to registered users?
Select “Inactive” and “Blocked” roles hide rules.”
That’s all I needed, so that’s what I did on each forum. It worked great. The problem is, I don’t know what has changed now to make this stop working or how to get into admin to fix it.
Any other thoughts out there?
OK, I understand what you’re saying about what the plugin does.
Can you give me any clues about why all the forums are now completely visible, now that I’m inactive? I had set all forums as not visible to ‘inactive’ and ‘blocked’ users like you suggested in the notes and that worked perfectly until yesterday.
Now that my role is ‘inactive’ I would expect to not be able to see anything, so something about how the visibility is being generated has clearly changed.
All 8 of the forum users have posted at least 2 posts upon login and all were showing as members, not ‘inactive’ ’til yesterday.
And I was the most active in the forum, but I’m now ‘inactive’ as well.
How would you suggest that I double check the role mapping? I’m locked out of my admin, remember? And when I go to the page you suggest, I’m redirected back to the main forum page.
Any other suggestions will be most welcome. I don’t mean to tear down your plugin, I’m just looking for help here.