How are you increasing response rate in a community support forum?

We currently have a response rate of ~60%, and want to increase it.

We currently average ~500 topics a month, meaning ~200 topics don’t get a response. The forum is focused on community support, so we encourage most interactions to be the community-supporting the community.

We run a Community Leaders program with ~4 members from the forum as part of it.

What methods are you using to increase response rate, without it becoming the Admins “filling the gaps” and distracting from the main intent of the forum?


Hi Noah,

Depending on the nature of your support forum & whether on a hosted plan or self hosted. The Solved plugin maybe with a custom list of unsolved topics.

There is also theme-component to help as well. And you can have solved badges earned

There is a new experimental filter with a plugin.

Plugin that can be used with it as well.

This can help with visibility.

If you have plugin gamification you can have it create custom leaderboards. Publish a weekly leader board or have it show on a page(s) like with right side blocks theme-component


How well do you know the expertise of your members? Are you able to identify or seek out people who are likely to be able to help?

As an example, our Discourse is for internal support at a large company. I bookmark every new topic I see and leave a reminder for 24 hours. If it hasn’t had a response in 24 hours, then I look at the details and start using my internal contacts/network to see who I can bring into the the discussion.

I find it doesn’t even have to be someone who knows the answer. Even someone who knows people in that domain, or is good as asking questions can kick off a productive discussion: Rubber Duck Debugging :duck: :smiley: