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Old 17 May 2013, 02:25
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Ok I think I found a solution for you

So I set up blogs on my test forum, made 3 entries, created a supermod and did some testing

If you do not have Blog Categories you are going to have to create them. If you do have Blog Categories then you need to make some decisions based on the solution.

Assuming you have blog cats (or just created some either way ) go to acp vbulletin blog / blog cat perms ... edit super moderators and set both options to NO. EDIT to add ... make sure you select "use custom permissions" up on top of the page.

Any blog entry in that category will not be visible to super mods.

Now, if you already have blog cats but don't want all blogs in a particular blog cat blocked to super mods ... you're going to have to move those to a different blog cat.
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Old 17 May 2013, 02:37
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I think you are right 'John' I believe on that side of things there is restriction for super-mods. I was coming to the same conclusion although I had not checked the assumption. I was currently in activity stream blog hell.

Now I have a question: if the blog is private, why do we need to select the check-box "Restrict Entry Viewing to Contacts and Blog and Moderators." to have it show as private and restrict it from the activity stream?

My thinking must be off on 'Setting permission for the blog private'. If I have to check that check-box, then what is a private blog besides not being a public blog.

One interesting thing did happen, I was fooling around with the categories the same time you posted. Is when I enabled the categories for blogs, it was the first time the "additional options" section appeared or maybe I overlooked it.

Thanks for your input!

I am going to play around with the blog categories. Your approach might be the simplest method. If all we have to do is toss private blogs into a category called 'PRIVATE BLOGS'

--------------- Added 17 May 2013 at 02:41 ---------------

Too much jet lag, I keep spelling "glob" instead of "blog"

--------------- Added 17 May 2013 at 03:57 ---------------

Originally Posted by John Lester View Post
Ok I think I found a solution for you
Your suggestion is a good one, unless you run secondary groups. If they are a member of a secondary group you will also need to shut off permissions there. In my case that would be a problem, but I might be the exception.

Throwing the private blogs into a category was painless and so far this is the easiest work-around.

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Old 17 May 2013, 05:30
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With regards to having to check the box "Restrict Entry Viewing to Contacts and Blog and Moderators." on private blogs is to prevent members not on your contact / blog list from seeing your blog. I am assuming that making the blog private only prevents guests from viewing it, therefore the box to restrict entry.

I am not a fan at all of how vB did the blog and permission system. It is entirely too complicated and too rigid for my tastes.

I did not consider secondary groups ... yea that could be an issue in some situations. I would suggest cloning the secondary user group(s) of your supermods so you can block both groups without affecting non supermods.
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Old 17 May 2013, 07:32
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Originally Posted by John Lester View Post
With regards to having to check the box "Restrict Entry Viewing to Contacts and Blog and Moderators." on private blogs is to prevent members not on your contact / blog list from seeing your blog. I am assuming that making the blog private only prevents guests from viewing it, therefore the box to restrict entry.
Interesting. I run a private board so I did not even think about that. Thank you!
I am not a fan at all of how vB did the blog and permission system. It is entirely too complicated and too rigid for my tastes.
I really have never used the blog system. I am just trying to help out 'djbaxter'. Now that I am looking into the code, I am less impressed. The permission system seems to be patched on top of being patched. My own software gets like that overtime too, so I am not going to harp on the vb developers.

I did not consider secondary groups ... yea that could be an issue in some situations. I would suggest cloning the secondary user group(s) of your supermods so you can block both groups without affecting non supermods.
That was my first thinking to and I might come back to it. I am looking at creating another bit in the bitfield to handle supermod and if set then unmasking the 'private' bit in function "can_moderate_blog()". It is only a concept and I have not worked it all out.

Hey, thanks so much for the help. Hopefully I can return the favor
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Old 17 May 2013, 08:59
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I too thought about making a bit field for supermods and private blogs ... but I think it's a bit beyond my skill level right now
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Old 17 May 2013, 14:57
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Really busy in my day job this week but I just wanted to let you know I am following this still and will try out some of the suggestions on the weekend.

It really is a poorly thought out mess, isn't it?
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Old 19 May 2013, 14:44
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Originally Posted by tbworld View Post
Throwing the private blogs into a category was painless and so far this is the easiest work-around.
How did you set the permissions for blogs in the private category?
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