Hidden replies: educational settings


(Greg McVerry) #1

I have been searching the forum about hidden replies and wanted to put out another use case.

I was looking for this feature as well as I use Discourse when building courses for educational institutions. They generally want open replies but occasionally for assessment purposes teachers do not want students to see the replies as others well.

I experimented with whispers and private messaging but this seemed to cumbersome for my learners.

TLDR: Hidden replies would be a neat feature.


Any way to automatically hide topics?
(Eli the Bearded) #2

How do you see hidden replies working differently than whispers?


(Jay Pfaffman) #3

Don’t whispers work only for staff?

It would be great to have a write-only category, where people could post to a category, but not see other people’s posts.


(Eli the Bearded) #4

See in my mind “teacher” == “staff”.


(Jeff Atwood) #5

This implies per-topic permissions which would be a massive rearchitecting of Discourse. Highly unlikely to happen.


(Jay Pfaffman) #6

That makes sense , but how about write-only categories?


(Greg McVerry) #7

Thanks for the heads up Jeff. Learning is better in the open anyways. I try to push clients to not care about people seeing each other’s responses.