Making forum categories available for viewing only
I am setting up a forum that has a whole set of categories (imported from an old forum) that I want to keep around for historical purposes, but would like to close off from further participation. This is obviously an unusual use of the forum, but I wonder if you all who know Vanilla Forums much better than I might have some suggestions about various techniques for achieving this, existing tools/plugins, etc that may help. The problem is of course partly technical and partly a design problem. The technical side is what I'm asking about here. I want these old forums to be closed off for further commenting. Ideally they'd also be separated out in terms of search functions. I.e. so that a search of the forum, would not pull data from the historical forums, or better yet that I could somehow give the user an option about whether they are searching the historical forums or not.