Category-Specific Moderators, phase 1 RFC

The question of invitations relates to groups rather than categories. Group managers (as opposed to category moderators) have been implemented on the back-end but not exposed in the UI. But you could use that to set up specific users that can invite users into topics that are in restricted categories.

I find I have a need for this in my hosted forum.

I need to add moderators, but they shouldn’t see the content of one category.

What’s the status here?

It helps to check what is listed in the releases topic for the current and (if present) next version. That stuff can always be postponed to a future release, though.

Sure, but the last thread on the matter said v1.5, but I didn’t see a related link.

For anyone else curious , it’s up soon*!

*relatively speaking

Note that moderators are subject to access control - only admins are not.


What is the current status of this feature? Has it been rolled out yet?

Not developed yet. It is currently planned for #releases in 1.7


It looks like this feature made it into 1.6. How do I turn it on or configure it etc? I can’t seem to locate it in the Admin area. Thanks.

If you click and read the link above you will find #releases

If it gets completed early, it shows with a green checkmark on the same link.


Ok, so “Green Check” means that particular feature made an early appearance.


Not so much an early appearance, but in the current beta. Most Discourse sites follow the tests-passed development branch, and thus update fairly frequently as the developers add features. Unlike many pieces of software, Discourse development is constant and ongoing, not just a single large release every 4 months. So, right now this site, and many others are running Discourse 1.6.0.beta2, which has some features planned for Discourse 1.6. When a feature is developed, it is added to the site. Once all the planned features are added, and bugs squashed, then 1.6 is “released” to the stable branch, and those sites that don’t like the frequent updates get the new features. Make sense?


Is this still the plan? @codinghorror removed it from the 1.6 release post on May 16th without a note to the revision explaining why. Was it removed in error? Is it being pushed a version and now scheduled for 1.7 instead? Is it being dropped entirely?


Jeff would need to answer this himself, but I can say that it is not being dropped entirely. Features move between planned releases all the time, based on perceived interest level, need, and development time.


Whats the latest on this one?

Our community is morphing and evolving constantly and suddenly I recognize a need for (sub-)category specific moderatorship.


It’s on the V1.8 list, see #releases


Hi guys could really use this Feature, especially since our user base is continuously growing and therefore does the need to assign moderator rights at category level.

Really looking forward to this and we would welcome this in 1.8.



@codinghorror, do you think this will happen in 1.8? I seem to recall this being on every release plan at some point since at least 1.5, but keeps being removed and pushed later.

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Unlikely, it is very difficult and arguments for it are not very compelling.

I’d like to bump this a bit, as apparently the perceived interest is not enough to warrant its coding.

Category-specific moderators would be very useful in our setting, where we have a unified pre-existing community (alumnis) with various topics of interests (and animators of such). Right now, we have only two choices:

  • Create several discourse instances, and have the topic animators moderators of their own instance ; but then everything is split and this does not encourage to view what else happens.
  • Create only one big dicourse, but then topic animator can either moderate everything or nothing.

Neither of those choices is very satisfying. We are going with the second one for now, but this is not very good.
Also, this is an old feature that pretty much every other forum solution has. I don’t see any compelling argument for why it would be so useless.


Our usecase is an organization where we have 100+ local sub-organizations - each of those have their own category. Right now that means 100+ moderators with too much power.