Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm working on a dynamic page that does data lookups based on metadata in the term store. So I have a Managed Metadata column set up and I can use it to query lists and such with no problem. I also have an image library with a managed metadata column that I use to return relevant images.

The problem is that I, as a farm admin, can see and edit all the metadata in my image library. Normal users with read rights see a blank field. They get no results from the lookups, as if the metadata was blank. I even made a user a site collection admin and he can add metadata, but not see it in any view or the object property page. He only sees it on the edit page.

My metadata service is set up normally, the content hub is running without issue, no errors on the page. Publishing is disabled so it's not approval thing. Anyone seen anything like this before?

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

There's a list called TaxonomyHiddenList at the root site collection level that didn't have the right permissions for some reason. It should have had read rights for the NT AUTHORITY\authenticated users group but they were not there. I added them back and everything works OK.

Some kind of glitch during site collection creation I guess.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.