FIX: skip category notification_level unless scoped

FIX: skip category notification_level unless scoped

#b19dcac2 improved the serializer so it sends default notification levels to users to work around cases where a category edit would would result in clients being left with invalid notification state

Unfortunately this did not address the root issue.

When we edit categories we publish state to multiple users this means that the serializer is executed unscoped with no user.

The client already handles this case per:

If a property is not shipped to it, it will leave it alone on the existing category.

This fix ensures that these wide category info updates do not include notification state to avoid corruption of local state.

diff --git a/app/serializers/category_serializer.rb b/app/serializers/category_serializer.rb
index 583ee13..6fb5285 100644
--- a/app/serializers/category_serializer.rb
+++ b/app/serializers/category_serializer.rb
@@ -81,6 +81,10 @@ class CategorySerializer < SiteCategorySerializer
     scope && scope.can_edit?(object)
+  def include_notification_level?
+    scope && scope.user
+  end
   def notification_level
     user = scope && scope.user
     object.notification_level ||
diff --git a/spec/models/category_spec.rb b/spec/models/category_spec.rb
index f122673..cab079d 100644
--- a/spec/models/category_spec.rb
+++ b/spec/models/category_spec.rb
@@ -1134,6 +1134,24 @@ describe Category do
+  describe "messageBus" do
+    it "does not publish notification level when publishing to /categories" do
+      category = Fabricate(:category)
+ = "Amazing category"
+      messages = MessageBus.track_publish("/categories") do
+      end
+      expect(messages.length).to eq(1)
+      message = messages.first
+      category_hash =[:categories].first
+      expect(category_hash[:name]).to eq(
+      expect(category_hash.key?(:notification_level)).to eq(false)
+    end
+  end
   describe "#ensure_consistency!" do
     it "creates category topic" do
diff --git a/spec/serializers/category_serializer_spec.rb b/spec/serializers/category_serializer_spec.rb
index e2a3399..9e81726 100644
--- a/spec/serializers/category_serializer_spec.rb
+++ b/spec/serializers/category_serializer_spec.rb
@@ -29,9 +29,9 @@ describe CategorySerializer do
     expect(json[:custom_fields]).to be_present
-  it "includes the default notification level" do
+  it "does not include the default notification level when there is no user" do
     json =, scope:, root: false).as_json
-    expect(json[:notification_level]).to eq(CategoryUser.default_notification_level)
+    expect(json.key?(:notification_level)).to eq(false)
   describe "user notification level" do

GitHub sha: 29879010

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