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 cat
: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, 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
Suggestion: display vote/like counter in main page
Displaying "Likes" more prominently
Plugin: Feature voting separated from Likes
Building an Amazon Discourse pilot, planning for scale
Two new plugin outlets - user_activity_bottom and user_menu_glyphs
Overwriting controllers in plugin
Are there Upvotes/Downvotes, Score for the Posts?
Voting vs Likes for feature requests
Mounting widget in raw template?
Poll in restricted topic where users can’t reply
How can I make a Discourse forum as "reddit like" as possible
Thoughts on a plugin which turns discourse into stackoverflow
Question Answer Plugin
Sort topics on frontpage daily by Votes
Alternative Voting Category Style
A new versioned API for client side plugins
Promote or demote suggestions
Rake task for merging users
Liking own posts — a specific use case of discourse
UserVoice vs Discourse
Votes not being released after close
Show votes in post list "totals" columns
Multiple Choice Poll questions
Is Decision Making Possible on Discourse?
Advice for getting my little game dev community "out there?"
I need someone who can install a voting plugin
Looking to switch from Vanilla, and have a few questions
Comment on a question instead of answering it
Ratings instead of Hearts for Likes
Notice: testing Discourse Reactions here on meta for 1 week!
Views counter specification
Excluding Suspended, Silenced and Suspect Users When Exporting
Additional Appreciation buttons next to "Likes": "Insightful", "Actionable"
Topic Voting plug-in
Marked as solved, Vote Replenishing & Querying
'How's my driving' plugin?
Delegate poll votes to another person/persons
Can posts be rated or voted on?
Unable to see 'Like' button in the first post/topic
Customize # of Votes per User
Why do official plugin topics auto-delete responses?
Show total votes next to total replies, views and activity columns
Ranking of post, based on user upvotes
Muted topics still notifying me on Meta
Hook for a topic's category id?
Multiple topics in single API request
Some plugins not working after upgrade
A tour of how the Widget (Virtual DOM) code in Discourse works
Plugin: Feature voting separated from Likes
Wanted: Discourse Hacker News Plugin
Restricting poll creation to Trust Levels
Prospective Feature: Highlight Posts That Surpass Defined "Likes" Threshold
Is it possible to do Uservoice style voting with the voting plugin
Question Answer Plugin
Approach to a Nominate Post Button?
Is there any plugin for downvoting questions and replies in Discourse
Feature request: Poll with ability for user to add their own options
ProCourse Support
Some things I've built which you can use
Topics that were voted on disappear from user profile after being closed
Discourse as a Virtual Conference Platform
Voting/ideation feature
Introducing ProCourse

It seems the “Like” feature for a topic is disabled when voting is active. Is this on purpose, or a bug? Replies to a topic can be liked, though.
I would suggest to add at least an option in the settings to re-enable likes. It’s quite common that I don’t want to vote for a topic, but I respect the effort someone put into it via a like?

1 Like

It’s on purpose.

If you want to use also the like feature see Show both like and vote button on topics - feature - Discourse Meta


Excellent - didn’t found that one via search, works like a charm.

1 Like

I added a note to the guide so it will be easier to find the reference to the Likes


Hi there, could be possible to delete “Upvotes: X” from profiles?

I disabled and removed the plugin (plus a rebuild) but stills there and I want to display social incons instead.