Discourse New User Tips and Tricks

Originally published at: Discourse New User Tips and Tricks

If you’re new to Discourse, here are a few quick tips and tricks to get you started: Reading Selecting a title from the topic list will always take you to your last read post in the topic. To enter at the top or bottom instead, select the reply count or last reply date. Topics above…


If there are any other tricks and tips – non-obvious essentials that every new Discourse user should know, please provide suggestions on that here.


As a newbie to Discourse, and being silly enough to volunteer to be a moderator just as we went live on the new platform I felt a distinct need for a “New Moderator tips and tricks” topic. Meta had most of the information I was looking for, but it appears as mixed in with more technical admin information.

How about a similar theme for new mods?


I believe that is over at Discourse Moderation Guide


Loving this post and linking all new members to it from my community. Thank you!

I’d suggest adding a line or two at the bottom along the lines of …

There you go, that should be enough to get you started. Have fun! As you spend time on discourse forums more power features will be revealed to you. :sparkles: In case you are curious, you can also check out the full Discourse New User Guide.


Any advice/thoughts on creating a new post vs reviving an older discussion? What is the etiquette/preference? (the pop up reminding me that post is old discourages me from reviving but otherwise we get topic proliferation and useful context is lost). My question relates to conduct here on meta. and how I should encourage members on my forum.


Just make your best guess. Does your issue connect to the old thing or is it different now? If it’s the same, is your issue addressed in the topic already?

For your own forum, it’s up to you and your community to decide.


Yep. I think my bias is to repurpose existing threads unless topic is distinctly different. Stops post proliferation. Will promote this approach.


Hi all,

  1. Can I redirect users from my community to tutorials in this community?

  2. Can I translate these contents and add them in my discourse?
    Source page would be specified of course.



Yes and Yes. Happy to see this being helpful.


Great, I expected no less from you guys! :slight_smile:


I would add something about editing a post. I see it quite often that a correction to a post is added as a reply to the post, and it is not obvious that the existing post could have been edited.


Awesome topic!

So I will share a tip. At times you might be a designer or simply a mod. Someone decides up the chain to change the domain name!

This breaks the links on the site! I am sure there might be a command line option to rebake posts?

I am not sure the procedure off hand.

However there is a way we can alleviate this issue as these are internal links.

This link for example might be used as follows


[First Post Here](https://meta.discourse.org/t/discourse-new-user-tips-and-tricks/54341?u=heliosurge)

Same link with https://domain striped.

[First Post Here](/t/discourse-new-user-tips-and-tricks/54341?u=heliosurge)

Try it First Post Here

Now maybe you don’t want to be racking up badges for links simply remove in my case ?u=hekiosurge

No more credits for the link. :smirk: You can also use this to credit another user by swapping your name with theres. :grin:

Now we have learned with the Share Link Shortner Theme-component we can strip a lot of extras out of it.

Now see how much shorter the link can become with topic name removed.

[First Post Here](/t/54341)

First Post Here

This of course only works for internal links. but can be quite handy.


Thank you. Very helpful for a new user like me :grinning:


Thank you . Really helpful post !


Great post with excellent tips. Thanks!

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