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:
  Access (default) Staff Category :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:
  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
[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:
  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:
  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:
  Grant Badge :white_check_mark:
  Moderation History :white_check_mark:
[40] 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:
[41] Allow moderators to create and manage categories and groups
[42] Allow moderators to change post ownership
[43] Allow moderators to view user emails
  Plugins TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[44] Mark Solutions (discourse-solved) :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[45] Vote Limit (discourse-voting) 2 4 6 8 10
[46] 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
    whispers allowed groups ↩︎

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

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

  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. enable page publishing ↩︎

  41. moderators manage categories and groups ↩︎

  42. moderators change post ownership ↩︎

  43. moderators view emails ↩︎

  44. accept all solutions trust level ↩︎

  45. vote limit ↩︎

  46. 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?


Should we have review users?


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?


Found an irregularity.

A green check for the group and a small check for each sub-action but not here (and probably other spots)

That did not quote well

1 Like

That particular one is a one-item line, but with the specific logs named to show a difference between Moderator access and what the Admin gets to see (ie. ‘some’, but not ‘all’), so would only get the big tick. :white_check_mark: Though I am going to have another pass at those mini-sections at some point to keep @Moin happy. :slight_smile:


Whats the limit for TL1 for # of flags per day? Also should we add that?


@JammyDodger See that you added that for TL1. How about the 30 for TL2, 40 for TL3 and 60 for TL4? This can help it stay consistent since there is a multiplayer and the one for liking has the multipliers

1 Like

I’ve tried to be a bit frugal with the numbers to keep it visually simple. I think adding the max flags per day site setting to the footnote is good, but I’m on the fence about including the ‘20’ (or the multiplier values). I’ve popped it in for now so I can get used to the idea. :slightly_smiling_face:


Now its by groups and not only staff. So we should put a :gear: there right? Or should we put a footnote?


how can i do this in my forum ?

I mean that when you click, that legend appears.

Ok I have it:


Popping a little note for an update once this change has settled in: