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When forum is hidden, it can never be unhidden

theSquidtheSquid Sydney, AustraliaRegistered User regular
So at some point I decided to hide every forum on the front page except for G&T, Awesome Posts, and SE++. Now there's no way to unhide the other forums and I can only reach them by searching them on Google.

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  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist Registered User regular
    I ran into this problem too, but I didn't "Hide" the forum, I "unfollowed" it. I don't know if there is a difference... either way, I can't find the PAX forum anymore except by directly bookmarking it.

  • peterdevorepeterdevore Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    I discovered a way to refollow to a forum.

    Go to the forum overview and copy the link that makes you unfollow a different forum, it will look something like this, but the tkey and categoryid will be different:

    Now change the categoryid to the categoryid of the forum you unfollowed, according to this table.
        Vanilla Forum Comments and Bugs 78
        Tube's Circus Of Bug Reports and User Issues 23
        Awesome Posts? 63
        The Penny Arcade Hub 84
        Games and Technology 15
        Debate and/or Discourse 20
        Artist's Corner 14
        Help / Advice Forum 22
        Graphic Violence 32
        Critical Failures 37
        The Writer's Block 27
        Social Entropy++ 12
        Penny Arcade Adventures 41
        PAX | The Penny Arcade Expo! 26
        ClubPA Library 18
        Chatlog 30
        Archives 19
        Accumulated Forum Knowledge 24

    and also change the value to 1, you will end up with a link similar to this:

    Paste the link you have constructed this way in your address bar, press enter and you will have magically refollowed that forum.

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  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Doesn't seem to work for me. Perhaps tkey needs to be different?

    EDIT: Aha! I found my own tkey by copying the "unfollow" link and then copying it. Then changing the other two variables fixed the problem.

    DisruptedCapitalist on
  • theSquidtheSquid Sydney, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Yes that did it. But there should still definitely be a fix for that, I shouldn't have to mess around with parameters as a user.

  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    This has been further complicated by the forum refresh removing the ability to get to the unfollow link to get your tkey so any forums that were hidden are going to remain as such until then.


  • RamiusRamius Joined: July 19, 2000 Administrator, ClubPA admin
    Find an announcement within a forum, and view the "Dismiss" link on that. The last segment of that URL is most likely your tkey. Try that with the instructions above and see if that fixes you.

    I know this is not the ideal fix, but it is certainly better than not having access.

  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    I already dismissed the cheevo one :(

    I'll keep it in mind next time an announcement pops up on the forums, thanks Ramius!

    Also I found that if I click the "Forum Administration" link it will show the list of forums within that section, including hidden ones (with a darker grey background) but they're still clickable.

  • RamiusRamius Joined: July 19, 2000 Administrator, ClubPA admin
    Sorry I wasn't clear above. I mean regular announcement threads that are pinned at the top of a subforums - not the global announcements that show up everywhere.

  • KalTorakKalTorak Way up inside your butthole, Morty. WAAAAY up inside there.Registered User regular
    The method above isn't working for me anymore (trying to get the PAX forum back). I tried it once a few months back and it worked, but I can't get it to again.

  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    Same here. Accidentally hid them today and those links aren't working any longer to make'em reappear.

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  • IcyLiquidIcyLiquid Two Steaks Montreal, QuebecAdministrator, Vanilla Staff vanilla

  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    ty <3

  • waterbottleswaterbottles Beverage KentuckyRegistered User regular
    edited January 2013
    I apologize for bumping this thread, but I am currently encountering this same problem. It's happened before, and I used he old method listed (with my own unique code), but it no longer works. I follow the PAX forum, and was trying to mark it as read when I accidentally clicked " hide". Are there any new methods I can use to rectify this? I did this to a couple other forums by mistake too, and would like to browse the whole forum again.
    Thank you anyone in advanced for your help!

    waterbottles on
  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    I was pretty sure this method still worked. I think @Rorus Raz used it very recently to some success.

  • Bobkins FlymoBobkins Flymo Perpetually Tired Registered User, Moderator mod
    Yeah, it works.

  • RamiusRamius Joined: July 19, 2000 Administrator, ClubPA admin
    If it is not working for you for the PAX forum, that is probably because the Category ID has changed. Try using the ID from this list:
    <option value="90"> Read This Before You Post</option>
    <option value="23"> Tube's Circus Of Bug Reports and User Issues</option>
    <option value="84"> The Penny Arcade Hub</option>
    <option value="15"> Games and Technology</option>
    <option value="91">  Indie Games</option>
    <option value="56">  Moe's Stupid Technology Tavern</option>
    <option value="35">  MMO Extravaganza</option>
    <option value="20"> Debate and/or Discourse</option>
    <option value="14"> Artist's Corner</option>
    <option value="22"> Help / Advice Forum</option>
    <option value="32"> Graphic Violence</option>
    <option value="37"> Critical Failures</option>
    <option value="27"> The Writer's Block</option>
    <option value="12"> Social Entropy++</option>
    <option value="95"> PAX General Discussion</option>
    <option value="94">  PAX Prime</option>
    <option value="93">  PAX East</option>
    <option value="92">  PAX Australia</option>
    <option value="26">  PAX  Archive</option>
    <option value="41"> Penny Arcade Games</option>
    <option value="63"> [2008-2012] Awesome Posts?</option>
    <option value="24"> Ancient Forum Knowledge</option>
    <option value="18"> ClubPA Library</option>
    <option value="19"> Archives</option>
    <option value="30"> Chatlog</option>

  • waterbottleswaterbottles Beverage KentuckyRegistered User regular
    Thank you so much! That was it, I just had the forum ID incorrect.
    Thanks for your quick responses!

  • HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    Having a similar problem. I re-enabled most of the forums, but a lot are still missing. Please send help.

  • HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    Okay, this is weird. All the forums are showing up if I load into the mobile version on my phone, but not the plain version on my PC.


  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    So @Ramius has the updated list of codes there, unless they've changed again. You're going to have to be more specific about which ones you can't access since this method of recovery has been proven to work on multiple occasions.

  • HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    That's just it; as long as I stay in Mobile mode, every forum is visible. It's when I go into Full mode that the problem occurs.

  • HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    The only ones that are visible for me in Full mode are PA Hub, G&T, D&D, AC, H/A, GV, WB, and SE++. Everything else is conspicuously absent.

  • RamiusRamius Joined: July 19, 2000 Administrator, ClubPA admin
    There are a couple other category IDs missing off the list. In this case, they are the categories that are holding the sub-categories. So e.g. you've stopped following the whole "Forum Administration" group that Tube's Circus is under. I've fixed Forum Administration under your account to verify that was the problem. You'll have to fix the others yourself. Here's the category IDs:

    Forum Administration: 5
    On-Topic Forums: 3
    Chat Forums: 8
    Forum Communities: 6
    Archives: 42

  • IcyLiquidIcyLiquid Two Steaks Montreal, QuebecAdministrator, Vanilla Staff vanilla
    I've added a thing now. At the bottom of the category list, you can use the new UI element to switch to unfiltered mode. Once in that mode, you can re-follow categories.

  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    Can't awesome that enough


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