New features in 2.6.0.beta3
Review posts with media
Discourse provides many options for site staff to review content posted. Out of the box, users can post without going through any pre-review by staff. Options exist to require approval for a user’s first X posts, all content by users who have not reached a defined trust level, new topics by users who have not reached a defined trust level, new topics and/or posts within specific categories, and more.
New in beta3 is the
review media unless trust level site setting. Sites can now be configured such that all topics/posts containing embedded media must be reviewed by staff prior to being posted.
Differentiate between group and individual mentions
Previously, individual mentions and group mentions did not have a visual distinction. Both used the
@ symbol. The mention type could be seen on mouseover, but this doesn’t work on touch devices, and is not readily apparent.
To help visually differentiate the two notifications, we now use a different icon for group notifications.
It now looks like this:
We use the Users icon, the name of the user who created the mention, as well the group that was mentioned.
For comparison, a regular mention looks like this.
Allow secure media images in emails by default
For sites with Secure Media Uploads, uploads are redacted from emails.
Discourse now supports, by default, allowing images to be included in emails if they don’t exceed a defined size. Admins can control this via the
secure media allow embed images in emailsand
secure media max email embed image size kbsite setting.
Allow admins to delete SSO records in the UI
Sometimes SSO records on Discourse become out of sync with the authentication provider. Most commonly, this is due to users changing emails in one system but not the other. To provide sites with better tooling for resolving SSO conflicts, admins can now delete a user’s SSO record, which causes the user to be matched via email on the next login, instead of on the SSO external_id.
User topic timers replaced with bookmark reminders
User topic timers allowed staff users to set timers to remind them to go back to a topic. With the introduction of bookmark reminders back in 2.5.0.beta3, all users can now set reminders.
As such, user topic timers have been removed, as their functionality is fully superseded by bookmarks. Any existing user topic timers have been automatically converted to bookmark reminders on the first post of the topic, with the following rules:
- If there is no bookmark for the first post of the topic, create a bookmark with a reminder
- If there is a bookmark for the first post of the topic and it does not have a reminder set, then
update it with the topic timer reminder
- If there is a bookmark for the OP of the topic with a reminder then discard the topic timer
User selectable color palettes
Following up the improved dark mode support in beta2, sites can now set color palettes to be user selectable, just like themes. This means sites no longer need to configure 2 themes to offer 2 colors - they can instead install 1 theme and add user selectable color palettes.
More data in the user export
Users have long been able to download all the topics and posts they’ve created on the site via their preferences. This download now includes additional user data, including badges, visits, bookmarks, and more.
Easier font control
Sites can now customize the base font via the wizard and site settings.