That's very strange that some can't simply click on a forum link and get through. I've never heard of one chat group being blocked from accessing other parts of the forum. Are you saying this is happening to you as well? If I was the forum administrator, which I'm not, I'd almost have to see it to believe it to rule out pilot error. But I'm sure stranger things have happened.
I haven't been participating as much either. I just dropped in today to see what's going on lately. We're not really struggling with Pre-A anymore. Derek Owens has been working well for our younger ones without issue.
BTW, if this really is happening for some there is a pretty easy workaround if they simply want to read the thread - just logout and click the link. I just tried it and it works! Pre-Algebra Fence Straddlers Master Thread
Thanks for your help. I do want to clarify some things since you seem to be misunderstanding what actually happened (understandably so, since this is taking place across multiple threads in multiple sub-forums and has been an issue for weeks now and has taken time to tweak out).
A few weeks ago the very popular and useful pinned High School Math thread was suddenly no longer accessible. Turns out it had somehow gotten "trapped" and was only available to people that are member of a private chat group I started in support of parents of kids in Middle School and High School that are seriously struggling (beyond just needing a bit of extra instruction in fractions for example). Quark was the originator of that pinned High School Math thread. She no longer had access either. No one, not Quark or me or anyone in my group had done anything. It was an error through the WTM system.
After doing a bit of digging and Quark and I and others including some moderators trying to figure it out it seems that the system somehow started tying certain specific "tags" to my private chat group and linking threads with those tags to ONLY my private chat group. We thought it was only the one thread at first. In my chat group we don't see that thread or any other that is affected. We didn't even know it was happening until someone realized why I could still access the thread and others couldn't. I could still see it because I was a member of that private group. It just meant that we were the only ones that could actually access it if we wanted to look something up.
Over the course of several days we found out more than one thread had been "trapped" that way and WTM was not responding to our requests for help. After I gave Quark access to my chat group so she could have access to her thread, she deleted the tags on that thread and suddenly the thread was free again. Accessible to anyone. I then tried to contact any OP of a thread that I had been informed was trapped by this glitch so they could become a member of my group, delete their tags, and free up their thread. Unfortunately, Halcyon isn't around much anymore and is no longer receiving PMs (I assume her box is full). I posted here and invited her into my private chat group so that she could delete her tags and free up the old thread. She just hasn't been back yet to do so.
We now know that logging out of WTM and accessing threads that have been trapped is still possible but it would be nice if the glitch were addressed directly and it would also be nice if the threads were completely free of my chat group and no new ones got trapped. This was definitely not pilot error. There is a glitch in the system.