Default email settings for a new user

Any word on whether this’ll make it into version 1.2? I’m hoping to move over to discourse (replacing Google Groups), and I think this is the main feature we’d need to make that happen.


Are there any files that I can adjust myself in order to make this a reality. I want new users to be watching certain categories by default. If new user defaults are already in one of the configuration or as variables or arrays in the production files, then I can change it myself with nano.

I see here

You can change default settings by just editing this file…is there something like a profile_settings.yml file that allows one to edit default profile settings?

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Not at the moment, no. Setting default user preferences for all users in Admin, Site Settings has been requested many times and it is on our list.


When a new user is created and option variables and arrays are stored to
the data base, is this a file that I can edit and rebuild? is mailing list
mode an option that can be set to 0 or 1 or true or false in one of the
development files?

Even if a configuration file isn’t available or doesn’t exist, there has to
be a function somewhere that sets those variables?

No, there isn’t a function that does that, that’s the problem.

Currently the database column defaults are used. I suppose you could change that, but…

If you could point me in the direction of doing this (which files to edit and such)…That would help me tremendously. Right now I’m having to set the preferences of like 60 users individually, and again for every new user that signs up. Whatever I gotta edit, do or learn…please tell me.


At the very least you could do it at the Ruby command line by looping through the users! @riking can you assist with an example?

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It won’t help very much because I’m not sure there’s a good way to remember who the new users are after the last run. Fixing them all is more suited to import situations, not having new users keep signing up.

I think in this case we want to loop through and set it for all users regardless (perhaps skipping those where it is already set) but @mochabcha can confirm.

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It looks like I’m gonna have to learn some ruby coding. I also have the
issue of figuring out how I’m gonna get the old Google group imported into
discourse. What it looks like I’m going to have to do is use Portia to
screen scrape the pages into a format that bbPress can ingest and let the
bbPress to Discourse script do the rest. So i might have to learn python

That example would definitely help me though @riking. And huge thanks to
you @codinghorror.

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Yes we do need to set the settings for all the users, regardless of whether or not they are new users or not. All users should be set to mailing list mode. new users signing up won’t be that often so I can do that manually. I’ll also be importing all previous users from the old Google Groups so all users will be in the data base to where I can set the looper to adjust the settings.

my apologies, this message was a bit late now that I’m looking at the site.

@codinghorror Is it possible now? Or is still on your list? I need to setup email preferences for new users

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@mochabcha @alefattorini

These two posts are of interest to you:

Set the defaults for new users:

Setting defaults to enable mailing list mode-Temporary Solution

Fix (clobber) all settings for all users (regardless of age, or if they’d already opted out, so I suggest this as a one-time only charge.

Edit a user setting for all Discourse users

My Discourse is hosted :-\ so I can’t try your tips. Thank you anyway

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So, two customers, me and @alefattorini are hoping to get confirmation that this is underway.

I was talking to another potential hosting customer today, but they too need to set the default for end users, cannot consider buying without this feature being built in.


Ever since we adopted discourse on my site, I’m finding that every feature request is either underway (forever) or not going to happen :disappointed:

Not sure how long that’s been, but there has been a huge number of new features in the last several releases, and more planned:

I’m impressed.


Took us a while to get to it but it’s finally in :elephant: