Can anyone tell me what these are used for and why can’t I see the topics when I click?
This tool is mainly used by us staff members to sort topics to make it easier for us to keep an overview. I wouldn’t pay much attention to it as a normal user, it has no effect on your forum experience.
Ok and why can’t I see the topics?
It is a staff feature, so it won’t give you access to the topics.
But some topics show and others don’t?
Some of our topics are tagged within private categories which are only visible to certain users. This is why you won’t be able to see all of them and only those in the public categories.
Oh ok I didn’t realise you had private categories on the forum