I am trying to create a "private" area in my album hierarchy, without requiring users to log in. My strategy is to create a hidden album at the top level, and then add one or more sub-albums under this hidden album. The sub-albums would not be hidden. Users would access them directly via permalinks. An informed user could also enter the permalink for the hidden album, and view the list of sub-albums since they are not hidden.
Unfortunately, this is not working as I had hoped. If I attempt to use a permalink to access the hidden album or any of its sub-albums, Gallery requests login credentials.
Any idea what is going on here?