Trust Level Permissions Table (inc Moderator Roles)

This aims to be a comprehensive list of Discourse features, marked by Trust Level, and including the relevant admin settings which influence them. If you spot something that’s missing or incorrect please leave a comment below. :slight_smile: :+1:

Trust Level Grid - Defaults

TL = Trust Level dependant
:gear: = Can be enabled or adjusted by an admin setting

:gear: TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[1] Post Replies :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[2] Post Topics :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
  Reply as Linked Topic :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[3] Reply by email :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[4] Email-in New Topics :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[5] Post Attachments :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[6] Post Images 1 :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[7] Post Links 2 :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[8] Mention users in a post 2 :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[9] Use @here Mention :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[10] Tag a Topic :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[11] Create Tags :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[12] Create Polls :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
  Close Any Poll :white_check_mark:
[13] Edit Posts 24
TL no
[14] Edit Wikis :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[15] Make their own posts into Wikis :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[16] Edit all Posts :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
[17] Delete Own Posts (not Topics, unless there are no replies) :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  Delete Other User’s Posts :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  View Deleted Posts :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
[18] Anonymous Posting :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[19] Access Shared Drafts :white_check_mark:
[20] See and Use Staff Whispers :white_check_mark:
  TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[21] Daily Like Limit/Multiplier 50 50 x1.5 x2 x3 TL No
[22] Upload Avatar :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[23] Profile Background :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[24] Usercard Background :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
  Mute other users :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[25] Ignore other users :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[26] View New User Post Messages :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[27] View Returning User Post Messages :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
  Have actual links in the ‘about me’ field of their profile :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[28] Have all their links followed (automatic nofollow removed) :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[29] Access the Lounge :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[30] Have Shield Icon :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  Manage Users
Can view user info
Can update user’s preferences
Can adjust a user’s trust level
  TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[31] Flag Posts :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[32] Can hide TL0 spam posts :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[33] Flags count towards auto-supressing TL0 spammers :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[34] Flagging a post immediately takes effect and hides the target post :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  Review Posts and Flags :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  Silence or Suspend Users :white_check_mark:
  Anonymize or Delete Users :white_check_mark:
  TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[35] Can send Personal Messages :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[36] Invite outside users to PMs making a group PM :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[37] Invite people to specific topics :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[38] Can send personal messages to an email address :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
  TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[39] Re-categorize and rename topics :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL/Category :white_check_mark:
  Rebuild HTML :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
  Add Staff Notice :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  Add Staff Colour :white_check_mark:
  Lock Post :white_check_mark:
  Split and Merge Topics :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  Delete Topic :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  Pin/Unpin Topic
Pin Topic
Pin Topic Globally
Make Banner


  Close Topics :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  Archive Topics :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  Make Topics Unlisted :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  See Unlisted Topics in Topic List :white_check_mark:
  Reset Topic Bump Date :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  Set Topic Timer
Auto-Close Topic
Auto-Close Topic After Last Post
Auto-Bump Topic
Close Temporarily
Schedule Publishing
Auto-Delete Topic
Auto-Delete Replies


  Change Timestamp :white_check_mark:
  Make Personal Message/Public Topic :white_check_mark:
  Moderation History :white_check_mark:
  TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
  Edit Category Descriptions :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
  Watched Words :white_check_mark:
  View Logs
(Staff Actions, Screened Emails, Screened IPs, Screened URLs, Search Logs)
  View Dashboard (no upgrade option) :white_check_mark:
[40] Allow moderators to create and manage categories and groups
[41] Allow moderators to change post ownership
[42] Allow moderators to view user emails
  Plugins TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[43] Mark Solutions (discourse-solved) :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[44] Vote Limit (discourse-voting) 2 4 6 8 10
[45] Endorsements (discourse-category-experts) 1 1 x2 x2 x3

To Do:

  • Add First_Day limits, and Admin/Sysadmin additional abilities
  • Check for more plugin abilities
  • Create a Cut-Out-and-Keep interactive version
  • Add links to sources/similar topics
  • Improve mobile view of mini-sections

  1. max replies in first day
    newuser max replies per topic ↩︎

  2. max topics in first day
    min trust to create topic ↩︎

  3. reply by email enabled ↩︎

  4. email in
    email in min trust ↩︎

  5. newuser max attachments ↩︎

  6. newuser max embedded media
    min trust to post embedded media
    review media unless trust level ↩︎

  7. newuser max links
    min trust to post links ↩︎

  8. enable mentions
    newuser max mentions per post
    max mentions per post ↩︎

  9. min trust level for here mention ↩︎

  10. tagging enabled
    min trust level to tag topics ↩︎

  11. min trust to create tag ↩︎

  12. poll minimum trust level to create ↩︎

  13. min trust to edit post
    post edit time limit
    tl2 post edit time limit
    additional edits per day multiplier ↩︎

  14. min trust to edit wiki ↩︎

  15. min trust to allow self wiki ↩︎

  16. trusted users can edit others ↩︎

  17. max post deletions per day
    max post deletions per minute ↩︎

  18. allow anonymous posting ↩︎

  19. shared drafts category
    shared drafts min trust level ↩︎

  20. enable whispers ↩︎

  21. max likes per day
    additonal likes per day multiplier
    staff like weight ↩︎

  22. allow uploaded avatars
    automatically download gravatars ↩︎

  23. min trust level to allow profile background ↩︎

  24. min trust level to allow user card background ↩︎

  25. min trust level to allow ignore ↩︎

  26. new user notice tl ↩︎

  27. returning user notice tl ↩︎

  28. tl3 links no follow ↩︎

  29. /c/lounge/edit/security ↩︎

  30. How to make a staff user more recognizable ↩︎

  31. min trust to flag posts
    allow flagging staff
    additional flags per day multiplier ↩︎

  32. high trust flaggers auto hide posts ↩︎

  33. num users to silence new user
    silence new user sensitivity ↩︎

  34. hide post sensitivity ↩︎

  35. enable personal messages
    min trust to send messages
    max personal messages per day ↩︎

  36. min trust level to allow invite ↩︎

  37. min trust level to allow invite ↩︎

  38. min trust to send email messages ↩︎

  39. trusted users can edit others ↩︎

  40. moderators manage categories and groups ↩︎

  41. moderators change post ownership ↩︎

  42. moderators view emails ↩︎

  43. accept all solutions trust level ↩︎

  44. vote limit ↩︎

  45. max category expert endorsements per day
    additional category expert endorsements per day multiplier ↩︎


Sometimes it’s difficult to get which tick belongs to which permission


Mobile view? Yes, I wasn’t sure about that. I did take the indent out of the Pinned and Topic Timer ones to help with those sections, but it appears they’ve slipped back in during a redraft. Though the Manage Users one is already left-aligned, so it wouldn’t be a magic bullet. I tried putting them in their own rows, but it didn’t have the same visual ‘togetherness’. I’ll add it to the To Do list and have a think.


Typo → You missed a letter, it should be Category.


This topic is not oneboxing properly (it worked as expected prior to latest mishap on meta):

I’ve just tried it on my test site and it oneboxed up okay?