Locking Posts (preventing users from undoing staff edits)

(Robin Ward) #1

As of this commit Discourse staff members now have the ability to lock posts.

Locking a post prevents its author from editing it. Why would you want to do this? Sometimes a user posts something bad, so a staff member will go in and change it. Before this commit, there was no way to prevent a user from maliciously changing it back.

To lock a post, click the wrench under it and select “Lock Post”


When locked, a lock icon will be displayed on top of the post and the poster will not be able to edit it until it is unlocked.


Other Notes:

  • There is a new site setting staff edit locks post - if enabled then any time a staff member edits a non-staff user’s post it will lock it. This is meant for large forums where having each staff member lock every post after editing it would be tedious.

  • The lock icon is only visible to staff members and the creator of the post.

  • Staff members can always edit posts, even if they are locked.

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

Leaders editing permission issue
Feature Request: Automatically Lock Post Editing
(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #4

I predict we’ll soon get moderators asking us what is the difference between “Closing a topic” and “Locking a post”. Couldn’t we at least spell the whole thing out as “Lock post editing”?


(Jeff Atwood) #5

Maybe, I would wait to see if this actually happens before attempting to predict the future.