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Item7458: Public vs private webs

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Initially, the NOSEARCHALL variable was designed to prevent a web from being searched. Based on this rationale, the variable carries this disclaimer in TWikiPreferences:

* Exclude web from a =web="all"= search: (Set to =on= for hidden webs; is overwritten by web preferences) __Note__ it is much better to use TWikiAccessControls in individual webs to control who can and can't view the contents of a web. NOSEARCHALL is retained for compatibility, but you should avoid using it.

The problem with this recommendation, is that various plugins and variables (e.g. %WEBLIST%, %FLEXWEBLIST%) have adopted NOSEARCHALL as a way of marking public vs private webs for more than just searching. We need the ability to mark a web as public (show) or private (accessible nbut not shown).

That way could be a new variable (e.g. "PRIVATEWEB" or "HIDDENWEB") while we retain =NOSEARCHALL+ for backward compatibility. But it's extremely handy to "hide" certain adminish or background webs without actually locking them with an ACL.

-- TWiki:Main/VickiBrown - 2014-03-14

Summary Public vs private webs
ReportedBy TWiki:Main.VickiBrown
Codebase 6.0.0
SVN Range TWiki-6.0.1-trunk, Sat, 01 Mar 2014, build 27044
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Priority Normal
CurrentState New


TargetRelease n/a

Topic revision: r1 - 2014-03-14 - VickiBrown
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