Is it possible to have an automatic first post on each new topic? I’m hoping to have one that explains and links to the commenting policy.
There’s no built-in feature for this, and we don’t currently have one planned — but it would be possible in a plugin.
An alternative that does exist are the new user education messages (they appear in the composer like this)
You can edit the text for these in admin > customize > text content (search for education)
You can also edit how long they appear for new users in admin > settings, the setting is called
educate until posts and defaults to 2.
You could potentially raise that value to be high enough that people will see the education messages for a very long time… but I imagine they’ll learn to ignore them as a form of banner blindness?
We recently had a plugin developed which does what you’re asking for. Although the specs changed (forget the complicated graphic and buttons, we just automated it), here was my original post:
If you post in #marketplace , the author can probably adapt it to your needs.