Lock symbol of warranty death

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#1

Anyone else notice the lock symbol on a couple posts? Any ideas on the criteria and who is putting them on?


#2

It looks like it is all posts in the Beyond the Manual category in that the category is locked. I’m guessing that means it is not currently viewable by everyone.


#3

I agree though it looks like it may just be the warning and the symbol is a bit inaccurate, as even this post has it but we are responding on it.


#4

The lock icon on a category title means that it has non-default access settings. This is a confusing icon, as it means something completely different (and more intuitive) on individual topics, where it means a topic is closed to further posting.

I’ve seen several posts on the Discourse support board about how confusing it is, but even after a few years of confusion they haven’t done anything to improve it.


#5

The lock occurs for a few reasons.

@dan has locked/closed the thread.

Only certain people can modify a thread/topic.

There is another cause, but it escapes me.

EDIT: Remebered, your forum level has granted you access to a restricted (lower levels not having access) to that category.


#6

Didn’t know that! I wondered why that category had a lock on it too. Thanks! :grinning:


#7

Can the public see it or owners only?


#8

The" Beyond the manual" section is locked for new topics for me.


#9

No the public can’t see it yet. (Just logged out and you can’t see it offered as a category.)


#10

If you tap/click on lock, all sorts of warnings about warranty violation possibility, etc…


#12

I can confirm that it locks the topic’s viewing away from non-owners. My non-GF-owning friend who wanted to know about lasering Balsa Foam isn’t able to see the topic anymore because he’s not an owner and it’s now on Beyond the Manual.


#13

OK, as designed then - for the time being that information is Owners-only. (We may change that later but Google has a long memory, so better to start constrained and expand!)