In the latest builds of Discourse I’ve recently merged a feature that some forums have been asking for some time now, the ability for regular non-staff users of a group to moderate and review content in specific categories.
How to Use
Enable the enable category group moderation site setting. It’s default to off. The site setting was called enable category group review on earlier versions of Discourse. If you can’t find enable category group moderation in site settings, try searching for the old setting name.
Edit a category, and click Settings. Under the Moderation section you’ll have the ability to add a single group.
Note this is a current limitation of the category review that only one group can be granted review access per category as it makes the design of the feature much simpler with higher performance. If none of your existing groups are a good fit you can always create a new group just for this specific purpose.
If I have one group that I want to allow to moderate all of my forum’s categories and subcategories, is there a way to set that in one place? Or do I have to go into the settings of each category and subcategory to assign that group to moderate that category and subcategory?
Or, is it possible for a group that’s assigned to moderate a category to automatically be able to moderate all subcategories of that category? Thanks!
At this time you’ll need to add the group to each category and sub-category you want them to moderate. There is no global setting, nor does moderation of a parent category apply automatically to sub-categories.
Could we please have an updated top post with each of these newly added features spelled out.
Also worth noting groups have the ability to manage their own smtp / imap email settings in a future update to Discourse, as mentioned here.
Could be worth adding a group moderation team to the /about page in regards to particular categories (permissions of the group permitting). They would be listed below the other @staff if this made sense. Right now I see the @admin and @moderators listed there.
Currently normal moderators can set the moderators inbox to “Watching” the topics. In this case they are able to receive emails about posts ended up in the queue awaiting approval (based on the notify about queued posts after site setting).
Does that mean that this is a deliberate choice (not to notify category moderators by mail)? Category moderators are a useful role, different from normal moderators and I’d be interested about the rationale for depriving them from mail notifications. It makes them work more difficult because they have to either manually check on a regular basis or hack a notification system on their own.