Restrict Topic Replies to Topic Owner only


(Mike) #1

Hi Guys

I have a question. I’m a complete newb, so apologies if this is obvious, but I’ve been searching for a couple of days and had to resort to the old-fashioned method of asking the question.

Without any super-complex hacks, is it possible to allow Discourse user groups to be able to create a topic, but not allow anyone else to reply? The idea - for context, is to allow people to post, with the only follow-up method being a private message to the topic poster.

It’s not a problem for the original creator to be able to reply/update/edit the original topic, and everyone should be able to view the topic, but replies should be private…

Any advice gratefully appreciated…

mbf199t


(Stephen) #2

No, that’s not what topics are for.

Close the topics and include at link at the bottom to automate PM’ing the OP.

Example: https://meta.discourse.org/new-message?username=codinghorror


(Mike) #3

Granted, it’s an off-spec use case for discourse. The problem is, it’s probably the best tool for the job, if only I can make it work.

In terms of closing the topic, I can set them to close almost instantly by using 0.0001 in the “automatically close topics” setting, which I think still allows the OP to edit the topic regardless…I just wondered if there was a neater way to do it. :stuck_out_tongue:


(Stephen) #4

That’s about as neat as you’re going to get. No permission modes exist for individual replies in a topic to be hidden. Permissions are set at the category level and are assigned to groups, not individual users.


(Mike) #5

Thank you very much for clarifying. :+1: