Discourse Voting

Summary: This plugin is the result of the spec put together by @erlend_sh. It gives you the ability to vote on topics in a specified category.

:link: GitHub: GitHub - discourse/discourse-voting: Adds the ability for voting on a topic within a specified category in Discourse.
:arrow_right: Install: Follow the plugin installation guide.


To enable it, edit any category, look on the settings tab for the “Allow users to vote on topics in this category” checkbox:

Once enabled, a “Votes” item is available in the top menu. The topics in that category can be voted on with the count of votes added next to the topic title.

The vote count is also included next to the title when scrolled.

To make it easier to see vote counts from a topic list, the vote count is also added under the topic titles.

Here are the views you’ll see given different states of the user and topic:

There is also a section in the user’s profile page that displays their active votes:


A few points about the backend:

  • The number of active votes is configurable and defaults to 10.
  • If the topic is closed or archived, the votes are released to the users and can be applied to other topics but the vote count on the topic remains.
  • If a topic is re-opened or unarchived, the votes are reclaimed and applied back to the users active vote count.
  • If a topic reclaims the votes of a user and they go over their limit, they simply need to wait until topics are closed or archived to allow them to vote again.



  • Create a section for the user to see their active and archived votes.
  • Allow moderators/staff/admins to see who has voted on a topic.


In the categories where the Voting plugin is activated, Likes are automatically deactivated. Some sites may want to use both functions at the same time to like replies, see how to re-enable Likes.


Data Explorer Queries

List people who voted for a topic along with their email addresses:

-- int :topic_id

FROM discourse_voting_votes dvv
JOIN user_emails ue ON ue.user_id = dvv.user_id
WHERE topic_id = :topic_id
AND ue.primary = true
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