Editing Titles in Discourse

(Chizbe Joe) #1

What’s the deal with people being able to edit titles? Can only Regulars do this? I ask because on another forum, we are having some issues with people editing topic titles.

Is it possible to allow to edit the title of wiki post for users with TL that lower then TL3?
(Stefano Costa) #2

Yes, that’s a feature reserved to Regulars:

But I assume each forum will have its own social rules around this?

(Mittineague) #3

The key word here is Trust

I can think of two common cases where changing a topic title is appropriate.

A new(er) member posts a less than accurately descriptive title. eg.

“Please help me with this”

Such a title does not convey what the topic is about so it would be justifiable to edit it to something better eg.

“Need help understanding Profile Preference Settings”

Another common case is misspelled words. Though I imagine most humans can figure out what was meant, automated Search isn’t always so intelligent. eg.

“Howto: Stting up an email servere”

should be edited to

“Howto: Setting up an email server”

I guess some people might be more the “spelling / grammar police” type and feel an urge to “polish” titles, but I would hope that such an urge would be generally suppressed.

That is, that most having the capability to edit topic tiles would not assume the role of “proof-reader” or “copy editor”.

(Sean DrownedinSound) #4

Hi All,

We’re having a lot of issues and complaints regarding a large number of users being able to edit all thread titles.

Is it possible to make this an admin only function or perhaps limit thread title editing to the first 5 mins after a thread is posted? I’ve looked and can’t see any options to limit thread title editing - even removing the edit option for all users (which meant admins couldn’t edit posts) still allowed users to edit thread titles.

Would really appreiciate some help.

Many thanks

(Sean DrownedinSound) #5

Various requests from users here

p.s. I guess if I knew who was editing titles I could move them down a few trust levels?

(Jeff Atwood) #6

Just press the pencil icon next to the date to see who edited anything.

(cpradio) #7

It should be in the edit history of the first post. You’d have to know which topics are making users mad and see if there is a common person involved

(Sean DrownedinSound) #8

Ok. So I have to moderate? Is there no way thread title editing could be curtailed? Obviously it is sometimes useful but getting tonnes of complaints from users and I assumed there is just a combination of settings that I’m missing.

(cpradio) #9

The only thought I have is you have your TL 3 settings too low and to raise them. It will take 2 weeks for it to kick people out of TL 3 (as there is a grace period), but that is the only setting I can think of at this moment.

(Sean DrownedinSound) #10

Is it not possible to move title editing to a TL 4 option? I’ve made it really hard for anyone to become level 4, I think.

(Rafael dos Santos Silva) #11

TL4 is manual by default.

TL3 should be hard. Here we have only ~30 TL3 users in a 23k user base with 1.6k active.

You have 153 TL3 with 850 active users (17%), maybe raise reqs a bit.

(Sean DrownedinSound) #12

I’ve just massively upped the requirements to 100% of posts and 10,000+ for the other elements. I’m assuming they only need to fulfil one quotient?

Will this change demote everyone to level 2 tomorrow?

(Sean DrownedinSound) #13

Whereabouts did you see those stats? This is what our admin panel says:

(Rafael dos Santos Silva) #14

Yes, in less than 24h it should work.

Used public /about and /badges pages :smile:

(cpradio) #15

No, they have to fulfill all of them. Posts Read, Flags received, Flags given, et al.

For the record, we only have 42 TL 3 users on our instance (several of them were assigned and locked into TL 3 as they are “staff, but not moderators”).

(Simeon) #16


Is there any fix for this? I’m using TL3 as an ad-free group but I absolutely do not want them to also gain moderation permissions, there’s up to 300 people in that group.

(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #17

Why are you using TL3 for that as opposed to creating a dedicated @noads group?

(Simeon) #18

The Discourse ads plugin requires you to choose which trust level skips ads, so I made groups that push people into that trust level.

(Sam Saffron) #19

Allowing 1 to N groups to bypass ads seems like a fine feature request for the ad plugin.

(Simeon) #20

Ab. So. Lutely.

Need it.