This is a reference guide on the settings for parent and child categories.This guide applies to both self-hosted and hosted Discourse sites.
The Settings tab within the category edit page is a dedicated space for making changes to the display and functions of a parent or child category. Some of the settings do require plugins or site settings to be enabled in order to display. You can access this page by adding →
/c/category-name/edit/settings to the end of your domain.
Position on the categories page: (Only displays if the
fixed category positionssite setting is enabled)
Number of topics shown on the categories page
Search Priority: [Ignore, Very Low, Low, Normal (default), High, Very High]
Allow badges to be awarded in this category
Allow featured links in this category
Navigate to first post after topics are read
Make new topics wikis by default
Allow unlimited owner edits on first post
Require moderator approval of all new topics
Require moderator approval of all new replies
Enable "Slow Mode" for new topics in this category: # [mins (default), hours, days, months, years]
Auto-close topic after: # [mins (default), hours, days, months, years]
Don’t close until the last post in the topic is at least this old.
Number of open topics to automatically bump daily:
Minimum days before bumping the same topic again:
The action post generated from an auto-bump counts as a reply. This can reset the timeframe of the auto-close setting if it is also enabled with
Don't close until the last post in the topic is at least this old.
Default Topic List: [Latest, Top]
Default Top Period: [All Time (default), Yearly, Quarterly, Monthly, Weekly, Daily]
Topic List Sort By: [default, Activity, Category, Created, Likes, Original Post Likes, etc.]
Default List Filter: [all topics (default), no subcategories]
Show subcategory list above topics in this category
Subcategory List Style: [Rows (default), Rows with featured topics, Boxes, Boxes with featured topics]
Banner text when a user cannot create a topic in this category:
The following settings will only display if the
email insite setting is enabled
Custom incoming email address:
Accept emails from anonymous users with no accounts
Category mirrors a mailing list
Accept incoming emails sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following settings will only display when the corresponding plugins are enabled:
- Add ‘unassigned’ filter to category
- Disable topic resorting
- Category experts group
- New topics default to Post Voting topics in this category.
- Allow topic owner and staff to mark a reply as the solution
- Allow users to vote on topics in this category