I'm trying to understand how private forums work and solve a problem for a client on their private forums.
Question: My client wants to show only topics, but keep replies hidden from users who are not logged in. Set to private, it all goes 404. What I'm reading here, the bbPress support forums, and elsewhere, this is actually the normal behavior. Is that correct?
They do not want a 404 page, but a please log in page or a page that says "Sorry, you have to be logged in."
I disabled all plugins, nothing did it. They have the Members plugin (by Justin Tadlock) installed, and the bbPress Private Forums plugin looks like it's supposed to do what they are looking for, but it didn't.
I know there's a User Role Editor plugin that will allow me to adjust what certain users can see, and I saw in the bbPress Codex that there are certain capabilities that can be assigned.
I also know there is a plugin from WPMU that might do the redirect thing.
Should I just go ahead and get a plugin to do this or is there something I can add in my functions file to make it do what they want?
Thanks so much in advance - great plugin, btw!