I'm using WPMU with WP v3.1 (holding off upgrading for a bit), BP 1.2.8, Membership Premium Version 1.1 beta, with bp-social-child theme.
I set my Free User Level -- I call it the Strangers Level, and it is selected in the Membership > Edit Options > Stranger settings > Use membership level.
In Levels, I set the Stranger Level to NOT allow access to any of the Groups -- that is, I put the Groups box in the Negative rules area, and checked ALL the groups.
Now... when I am NOT logged in, I am now only at Stranger Level. Seems to work fine, except...
bp-social uses a single menu for Main Navigation. For debugging, I've disabled my own version of that and am using the default, and even disabled all of my own pages, except the ones absolutely necessary. Anyway, I get only the default buddypress pages and my about page, plus the register now page.
Ok, so here's the RUB:
When I click on Community > Groups, it goes to "http://racshadow.org/groups/" and shows Group Directory (headline) - no Create Group button (which is correct for the level) - and then the message box, with "There were no groups found." Not really what I wanted -- I'd like them to see the directory, but I just don't want them to be able to go into the groups and read their posts, without being registered & logged in.
I noticed, however, that if I click on item lists tab, which is "All Groups (6)" the result is a complete listing of the Group Directory, with all the groups shown - which is what I really wanted, but without that extra click.
The link for that is slightly different, "http://racshadow.org/groups" -- notice the end slash is missing. However, if I just enter that in a new browser window, I am back to "no groups found"...
Once I get the Groups listed, I can click on a group, and I get no access, although all I see is a blank area with no message from the template or buddypress -- which I expected, since I did enter a message in the Membership > Edit Options area...
Firebug shows me that I am only getting '<div class="padder"> </div>' in the content div. Also, I have no widgets loaded into the left group widget area, so it is empty, but for some reason does NOT show the text "Please log in and add widgets to this column" which I (maybe?) expected to show up?
So. Please help!