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Hidden Groups should not be hidden from Admin

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    Michael Berra


    I believe it seems at the moment, that a hidden group is really hidden – even from the Admin (even in the WPMU Backend). I believe, that this is not good. People could make a hidden group with illegal content, and I as an admin don’t know that my platform is used for that.

    What do others think about it?

    I believe that an admin should see everything!

    I didn’t see any change for that on the roadmap or in a ticket…

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    John James Jacoby


    At the moment there is no access control that determines if a is_site_admin() overrides anything; but Jeff’s working on that component now to provide granular control over BP objects and who can see/do what.

    I think that different websites will have different needs regarding things like this, and custom functions/hooks/actions can be created to allow for this if you need them. Example being that currently site-admins cannot edit user xprofile information, but some sites might really want that ability… Same with private messages, etc…

    If you need some help looking for a hook or filter or action to tap into, or a function to recreate on your own, we can discuss that in this topic as I imagine others might want something similar for their own use.

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    Michael Berra


    Would be great, if you could give me a hook/hack/whatever, so that I could see ALL groups (even the hidden ones) per example in my admin-backend (where the groups are anyhow).

    Sorry, I am a copy-paste-try-to-changer, not a programmer… :-)

    Thanks alot already!

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    Sam Steiner


    Is this legally OK to have groups in BuddyPress that are not even visible for the administrator who is responslible for the contents of his site?

    Worst case, a terror cell could open a hidden group on our church network and use that to organize attacks without even the administrator knowing of the existence of such a group. I think this concept is a bit strange.

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    Uhmm…while I do agree there should be an option to do so, your argument did made me chuckle as I don’t think a terror cell would need your network. Especially considering that you can download wordpress and buddypress free of charge.

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