How to create a Timed Topic

If you would like to create a topic that can be published at a later date this guide will show you how. You may also be looking for how to schedule a topic, how to delay a topic posting, or how to create a topic in the future.

These are the basic steps, and then I’ll go through each step in detail:

  1. Create a new topic and publish it to a private category
  2. Click the admin “wrench” icon next to the first post of the topic
  3. Select “Set Topic Timer…”
  4. Choose the publish time and select the category you would like it to appear in

Detailed Steps

Here are some more detailed step by step instructions on how to create a timed topic:

1. Create a new Topic

a) Press the “New Topic” button at the top of your forum just like you normally would:

b) Create the title
c) Select a “Private Category” like “Staff” that you can temporarily publish this topic to. You may even want to create a new private category for this purpose called “Scheduled Topics”.
d) Write the content of the topic.
e) Press “Create Topic”. Yes this topic will be published at the current time, but that is why we selected a private category so nobody will see it.

2. Click the admin “wrench” icon next to the first post of the topic

Once the topic has been posted to the private category you can select the “wrench” icon to toggle the dropdown list.

3. Select “Set Topic Timer…”

In the dropdown list select “Set Topic Timer…”

After the pop-up opens, select the “Schedule Publishing” dropdown option:

This will change the UI and more options will appear.

4. Choose the publish time and select the category you would like it to appear in

Now you can change the category you would like it to be published to, and set the time when you would like it to be published. For this example we are going to set it to be published at a relative time, two hours since the timer is set, and we changed the category to be “Discourse” instead of the private “Staff” category.

Once you are finished, press the “Set Timer” button.

5. Review Changes

Now that we have scheduled when our topic will go live a new section at the bottom of the topic will appear:

This way you can verify your changes and make sure it will be published at the correct time and in the correct category. You can edit or delete the timer by clicking the :pencil2: and :wastebasket: buttons.

FAQ

Will the timestamp of the post be updated?

Yes. When a scheduled post is “posted for real” as scheduled, the timestamp will be updated accordingly.

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