You've hit the nail on the head as what I'd actually desire though it hadn't occurred to me that the links could/should be checked (better than having to manually check each post).
To be honest, that's sort of my job when it comes to analysis and design. It isn't about what you think you want but what you actually need, and you'd be surprised how often the two are different. No, I'll rephrase that, you probably won't be surprised how often the two are different, but you would probably be surprised how *vastly* different they usually are.
To put it into context, have a read of http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Classic-WTF-Lock-and-Key.aspx
- that's the best (worst!) example of what people think they want as compared to what they need.
The links are generated based on items that can be sent/accepted ad daily gifts, in a bit I'll try to grab a link or 2.
Yeah, I'm just intrigued by exactly how this works, since my reaction above is based on how it's described, but it's likely that I've made more than one assumption in suggesting what I did.
I get it now.. and V/E P does exactly what I want as we do not display the list of topics just that the board exists.
Yup, and that makes sense. The design was specific for that, so that view and enter were decoupled and that you could grant, not give or deny based on any combination of groups you cared to name. I can easily envisage sites that use any combination of them depending on circumstance, but I have yet to see a site that hides the contents of topics from guests that would actually encourage me to post - because if a search engine doesn't see the content, how do I find that I want that site?
I want to say that you'd be surprised at the people that don't realise this, but I doubt you would actually be surprised by it.