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:
Manage Tags and Tag Groups :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 Own Posts 24
TL no
[14] View Post Edit History :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
Hide Edit Revisions :white_check_mark:
Revert Edit Revisions :white_check_mark:
[15] Edit Wikis :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[16] Make their own posts into Wikis :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[17] Edit all Posts :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
[18] 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:
[19] Delete Other User’s Posts :gear: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
[20] View Deleted Posts :gear: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
[21] View Deleted Topics :gear: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
[22] Anonymous Posting :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[23] Access Shared Drafts :white_check_mark:
Access (default) Staff Category :white_check_mark:
[24] See and Use Whispers :white_check_mark:
TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[25] Daily Like Limit/Multiplier 50 50 x1.5 x2 x3 TL No
[26] Upload Avatar :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[27] Profile Background :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[28] 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: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[29] Ignore other users :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[30] View New User Post Messages :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[31] 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:
[32] Have all their links followed (automatic nofollow removed) :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[33] Access the Lounge :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[34] 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
[35] Flag Posts :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[36] Can hide TL0 spam posts :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[37] Flags count towards auto-supressing TL0 spammers :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[38] 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:
Approve Users :white_check_mark:
Silence or Suspend Users :white_check_mark:
Anonymize or Delete Users :white_check_mark:
TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[39] Can send Personal Messages :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[40] Invite outside users to PMs making a group PM :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[41] Can send invites (inc. to specific topics) :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[42] Can send personal messages to an email address :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[43] Re-categorize and rename topics :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL/Category :white_check_mark:
Bulk Select Topics :white_check_mark: TL :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:
Merge Posts :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: TL :white_check_mark:
Reset Topic Bump Date :white_check_mark: TL :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



Set Slow Mode :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
Change Timestamp :white_check_mark:
Make Personal Message/Public Topic :white_check_mark:
Grant Badge :white_check_mark:
Moderation History :white_check_mark:
[44] Page Publishing :gear:
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:
[45] Allow moderators to create and manage categories and groups :gear:
[46] Allow moderators to change post ownership :gear:
[47] Allow moderators to view user emails :gear:
Plugins TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[48] Use Chat :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[49] Messages allowed per 30secs 20 40 40 40 40 TL No limit
[50] Use Personal Chat :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[51] Flag Chat messages :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[52] Mark Solutions (discourse-solved) :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[53] Vote Limit (discourse-topic-voting) 2 4 6 8 10
[54] Endorsements (discourse-category-experts) 1 1 x2 x2 x3
[55] Delete user notes (discourse-user-notes) :gear:
[56] Use Saved Searches (discourse-saved-searches) :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:

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. edit history visible to public ↩︎

  15. min trust to edit wiki ↩︎

  16. min trust to allow self wiki ↩︎

  17. trusted users can edit others ↩︎

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

  19. tl4 delete posts and topics ↩︎

  20. tl4 delete posts and topics ↩︎

  21. tl4 delete posts and topics ↩︎

  22. allow anonymous posting ↩︎

  23. shared drafts category
    shared drafts min trust level ↩︎

  24. enable whispers
    whispers allowed groups ↩︎

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

  26. allow uploaded avatars
    automatically download gravatars ↩︎

  27. min trust level to allow profile background ↩︎

  28. min trust level to allow user card background ↩︎

  29. min trust level to allow ignore ↩︎

  30. new user notice tl ↩︎

  31. returning user notice tl ↩︎

  32. tl3 links no follow ↩︎

  33. /c/lounge/edit/security ↩︎

  34. Make staff users more recognizable with customized avatars, posts, and mentions ↩︎

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

  36. high trust flaggers auto hide posts ↩︎

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

  38. hide post sensitivity ↩︎

  39. personal message enabled groups
    max personal messages per day ↩︎

  40. min trust level to allow invite ↩︎

  41. min trust level to allow invite ↩︎

  42. min trust to send email messages ↩︎

  43. trusted users can edit others ↩︎

  44. enable page publishing ↩︎

  45. moderators manage categories and groups ↩︎

  46. moderators change post ownership ↩︎

  47. moderators view emails ↩︎

  48. chat allowed groups ↩︎

  49. chat allowed messages for other trust levels ↩︎

  50. direct message enabled groups ↩︎

  51. chat message flag allowed groups ↩︎

  52. accept all solutions trust level ↩︎

  53. vote limit ↩︎

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

  55. user notes moderators delete ↩︎

  56. saved searches min trust level ↩︎


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.


Fabulous reference, @JammyDodger !

Do we have permission to copy and post on our own Discourse instances? (Modified for our own custom settings, of course.)


Absolutely. :+1: :slight_smile: You can even pull up the raw version of the post by using the ‘raw’ link if that makes it easier?


@JammyDodger I just want to say thanks again for creating this heroically amazing chart in response to my whining about outdated docs. I really appreciate it!


No worries. Glad I could help. :slight_smile:

And thanks to everyone who’s helping me keep it updated. :+1: :slight_smile:


7 posts were split to a new topic: What is ‘Invite users to a PM’?

At first glance I thought this was an Admin screen where you could tailor the TL privileges in a one look one click overview matrix like this - should this not be a feature?

This would be amazing and also to be able to add new Trust Levels.

I mean who doesn’t need another need at least 4 more!


How did you make this table?

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An easy way to see how someone did something is to quote the whole post with the :speech_balloon: symbol of the editor. You can also view the raw post by looking at /raw/topicnumber/postnumber


Is there a way TL4 can mute users?

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I assume you mean Silence a user? TL4 can’t silence a user.

There is a mute feature though


What is the level at which people can post to closed topics?

Tl4. Any body that’s able to close a topic is able to reply to closed topics. So a tl0 with cat mod is still able to view it

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That’s frustratingly easy to do if you’re not paying attention. :frowning: We end up with people walking through walls they didn’t even notice were there.

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There is a theme component to want people replying to closed topics


Nice! Installing that!

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Hmm. Does not seem to work, at least on mobile. I’ll have to test more…

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A few missing things (or things that I’m missing?):

  • destroy a tag?
  • manage tag synonyms?
  • create tag groups?
  • manage tag groups?