So, While configuring a new site, I came across the 'root' setting in the navigation controlpanel. I tried using this - creating a 'subsite' and setting the path to the object.
the behavior confused me so much, I think it might be a bug, but now I'm not quite so sure.
Here are the steps to reproduce what I'm seeing:
1: Create a plonesite, a folder, and a subfolder
2: Look at the contents of 'folder' ( localhost:8080/plone/folder/folder_contents )
I see 'subfolder' listed in the folder_contents - as you would expect.
3: Go to site-setup->Navigation
4: set 'Root' to '/folder'
The Navigation now has 'subfolder' and "home" links to localhost:8080/plone/folder/ - as expected.
5: go back to localhost:8080/plone/folder/folder_contents
Empty? Why? This is the bug.
6: ok, click the 'home' icon under content listing - now I see the content.
7: Add content under that, where did it go?
Set navigation root back to '/' and folder contents goes back to correct behavior.
8: notice that the content you created in step 7 is now at localhost:8080/plone/newcontent
This seems way too weird to me. What's going on here?