Users have some moderation ability here

Logged in users here are assigned a trust level based on their posting habits.

That trust level allows you various levels of automatic moderation. Lower trust/new users can’t do much other than post. Higher trust/more established users can actually do a variety of things like hide posts, move them, change the title etc.

Some of this may change over time, but below is an outline. I predict either an equilibrium state as users use these features, or complete chaos.

Trust Level 0 — New

By default, all new users start out at trust level 0, meaning trust has yet to be earned. These are visitors who just created an account, and are still learning the community norms and the way your community works. New users’ abilities are restricted for safety – both theirs and yours.

(We also want to hide any “advanced” functionality from new users to make the UI less confusing for them as they gain more experience.)

Users at trust level 0 cannot

  • Send personal messages to other users
  • “Reply as new topic” via Link button (UI removed)
  • Flag posts
  • Post more than 1 image
  • Post any attachments
  • Post more than 2 hyperlinks in a post
  • Have actual links in the ‘about me’ field of their profile (will be silently and temporarily converted to plain text)
  • Mention more than 2 users in a post
  • Post more than 3 topics
  • Post more than 10 replies
  • Edit their own posts after more than 24 hours

Trust Level 1 — Basic

At Discourse, we believe reading is the most fundamental and healthy action in any community. If a new user is willing to spend a little time reading, they will quickly be promoted to the first trust level.

Get to trust level 1 by…

  • Entering at least 5 topics
  • Reading at least 30 posts
  • Spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts

Users at trust level 1 can…

  • Use all core Discourse functions; all new user restrictions are removed
  • Send PMs
  • Upload images and attachments if enabled
  • Edit wiki posts
  • Flag posts
  • Mute other users

Trust Level 2 — Member

Members keep coming back to your community over a series of weeks; they have not only read, but actively participated long and consistently enough to be trusted with full citizenship.

Get to trust level 2 by…

  • Visiting at least 15 days, not sequentially
  • Casting at least 1 like
  • Receiving at least 1 like
  • Replying to at least 3 different topics
  • Entering at least 20 topics
  • Reading at least 100 posts
  • Spend a total of 60 minutes reading posts

Users at trust level 2 can…

  • Use the “Invite others to this topic” button for one-click onboarding of new users to participate in topics
  • Invite outside users to PMs making a group PM
  • Daily like limit increased by 1.5×
  • Ignore other users
  • Edit their own posts for up to 30 days after posting

Trust Level 3 — Regular

Regulars are the backbone of your community, the most active readers and reliable contributors over a period of months, even years. Because they’re always around, they can be further trusted to help tidy up and organize the community.

To get to trust level 3, in the last 100 days…

  • Must have visited at least 50% of days
  • Must have replied to at least 10 different non-PM topics
  • Of topics created in the last 100 days, must have viewed 25% (capped at 500)
  • Of posts created in the last 100 days, must have read 25% (capped at 20k)
  • Must have received 20 likes, and given 30 likes.*
  • Must not have received more than 5 spam or offensive flags (with unique posts and unique users for each, confirmed by a moderator)
  • Must not have been suspended or silenced

* These likes must be across a minimum number of different users (1/5 the number), across a minimum number of different days (1/4 the number). Likes cannot be from PMs.

All of the above criteria must be true to achieve trust level 3. Furthermore, unlike other trust levels, you can lose trust level 3 status . If you dip below these requirements in the last 100 days, you will be demoted back to Member. However, in order to avoid constant promotion/demotion situations, there is a 2-week grace period immediately after gaining Trust Level 3 during which you will not be demoted.

Users at trust level 3 can…

  • Recategorize and rename topics
  • Access a secure category only visible to users at trust level 3 and higher
  • Have all their links followed (we remove automatic nofollow)
  • TL3 spam flags cast on TL0 user posts immediately hide the post
  • TL3 flags cast on TL0 user posts in sufficient diversity will auto-silence the user and hide all their posts
  • Make their own posts wiki (that is, editable by any TL1+ users)
  • Daily like limit increased by 2×

Trust Level 4 — Leader

Leaders are regulars who have been around forever and seen everything. They set a positive example for the community through their actions and their posts. If you need advice, these are the folks you turn to first, and they’ve earned the highest level of community trust, such that they are almost moderators within the community already.

Get to trust level 4 by…

  • Manual promotion by staff only
  • (Possibly via a to-be-developed election system in the future)

Users at trust level 4 can…

  • Edit all posts
  • Pin/unpin topic
  • Close topics
  • Archive topics
  • Make topics unlisted
  • Split and merge topics
  • Reset topic bump date
  • Daily like limit increased by 3×
  • Any TL4 flag cast on any post immediately takes effect and hides the target post

Those are the default settings, I believe. I’ve currently set the thresholds for moving up to TLs to be lower for the time being.

We are currently testing out the “Flag a post” option to see who can see what in the mods vs regular forum.

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Does that mean we can moderate your use of apostrophes in thread titles?

Yeah, what the heck even was that.

Well I didn’t try to capture the original post like over on the AO so now the user’s will wonder what I am talking about :slight_smile:

WTF? Everyone trusts me on the AO and most people here came over from there. I’m starting at Trust Level 0?

Even more WTF? Undisputed best eyes on the AO. Some friends tell me you have a Lounge here. Sounds like a great place to meet [strike]victims[/strike] chicks. But my great eyes can’t even see the Lounge yet?

Almost maybe the most WTF? How do I get my hot sig phono here?

Signatures are coming soon.

Now all we need is the negative trust levels telling people how long before they will be able to post again, and we’ll be all set!

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I would like to be excused from the “receiving/giving” likes requirements, please.

I generally don’t use them all that often (albeit, I do use them). I get that they are an “obvious” indicator of being active on the forum, but given the other criteria that aren’t as obvious . . . I think those other criteria are far better than clicking likes for participation. And receiving likes makes think more of popularity contest.

FWIW, I agree that they can be used as a consideration; I’m just not that fond of having that as a requirement.

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Might also edit that OP to have teh “TL-0” line bolded like the other levels.

What is the “starting” daily like limit?

Asking for a friend. :grimacing: :man_farmer:t3:

I can post in moderation

I went on a “liking” spring a little while ago to get one of the badges, and honestly haven’t thought about that feature since. I don’t “like” things on Facebook either. Not sure why, I just don’t want people to know I’m lurking I guess :tfh:

I don’t care about the badges at all. Does that make me weird?

Yes. Post count alone does not capture a poster’s true worth.

No. I think the badges are a little annoying. I certainly don’t see them as something I am trying to get lots of.