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 Topics (title, category, and tags) :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
[18] Edit all Posts :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
[19] 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:
[20] Delete Other User’s Posts :gear: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
[21] View Deleted Posts :gear: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
[22] View Deleted Topics :gear: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
[23] Anonymous Posting :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[24] Access Shared Drafts :white_check_mark:
  Access (default) Staff Category :white_check_mark:
[25] See and Use Whispers :white_check_mark:
  TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[26] Daily Like Limit/Multiplier 50 50 x1.5 x2 x3 TL No
[27] Upload Avatar :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[28] Profile Background :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[29] 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:
[30] Ignore other users :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[31] View New User Post Messages :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[32] 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:
[33] Have all their links followed (automatic nofollow removed) :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[34] Access the Lounge :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[35] 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
[36] Flag Posts :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[37] View content of hidden flagged posts :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[38] Can hide TL0 spam posts :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[39] Flags count towards auto-suppressing TL0 spammers :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[40] 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:
  Make PMs into Official Warnings :white_check_mark:
  Silence or Suspend Users :white_check_mark:
  Anonymize or Delete Users :white_check_mark:
  TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[41] Can send Personal Messages :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[42] Invite outside users to PMs making a group PM :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[43] Can send invites (inc. to specific topics) :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[44] Can send personal messages to an email address :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
  TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[45] 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:
[46] 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:
[47] Allow moderators to create and manage categories and groups :gear:
[48] Allow moderators to change post ownership :gear:
[49] Allow moderators to view user emails :gear:
  Plugins TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[50] Use Chat (discourse-chat :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[51] Messages allowed per 30secs 20 40 40 40 40 TL No limit
[52] Use Personal Chat :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[53] Flag Chat messages :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[54] Mark Solutions (discourse-solved) :white_check_mark: TL :white_check_mark:
[55] Vote Limit (discourse-topic-voting) 2 4 6 8 10
[56] Endorsements (discourse-category-experts) 1 1 x2 x2 x3
[57] Delete user notes (discourse-user-notes) :gear:
[58] 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 allowed groups ↩︎

  5. newuser max attachments ↩︎

  6. newuser max embedded media
    embedded media post allowed groups
    skip review media groups ↩︎

  7. newuser max links
    post links allowed groups ↩︎

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

  9. here mention
    here mention allowed groups
    max here mentioned ↩︎

  10. tagging enabled
    tag topic allowed groups ↩︎

  11. create tag allowed groups ↩︎

  12. poll create allowed groups ↩︎

  13. edit post allowed groups
    post edit time limit
    tl2 post edit time limit
    additional edits per day multiplier ↩︎

  14. edit history visible to public ↩︎

  15. edit wiki post allowed groups ↩︎

  16. self wiki allowed groups ↩︎

  17. edit all topic groups ↩︎

  18. edit all post groups ↩︎

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

  20. delete all posts and topics allowed groups ↩︎

  21. delete all posts and topics allowed groups ↩︎

  22. delete all posts and topics allowed groups ↩︎

  23. allow anonymous posting
    anonymous posting allowed groups ↩︎

  24. shared drafts category
    shared drafts allowed groups ↩︎

  25. enable whispers
    whispers allowed groups ↩︎

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

  27. allow uploaded avatars
    automatically download gravatars ↩︎

  28. profile background allowed groups ↩︎

  29. user card background allowed groups ↩︎

  30. ignore allowed groups ↩︎

  31. new user notice tl ↩︎

  32. returning user notice tl ↩︎

  33. tl3 links no follow ↩︎

  34. /c/lounge/edit/security
    The lounge was removed from the default categories starting from v2.9.0.beta10, but is still available in previous versions. ↩︎

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

  36. max flags per day
    additional flags per day multiplier
    flag post allowed groups
    allow flagging staff ↩︎

  37. hidden post visible groups ↩︎

  38. high trust flaggers auto hide posts ↩︎

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

  40. hide post sensitivity ↩︎

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

  42. invite allowed groups ↩︎

  43. invite allowed groups ↩︎

  44. send email messages allowed groups ↩︎

  45. edit all topic groups ↩︎

  46. enable page publishing ↩︎

  47. moderators manage categories and groups ↩︎

  48. moderators change post ownership ↩︎

  49. moderators view emails ↩︎

  50. chat allowed groups ↩︎

  51. chat allowed messages for other trust levels ↩︎

  52. direct message enabled groups ↩︎

  53. chat message flag allowed groups ↩︎

  54. accept all solutions allowed groups ↩︎

  55. vote limit ↩︎

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

  57. user notes moderators delete ↩︎

  58. saved searches allowed groups ↩︎


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:


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!


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

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

I’ve finally gotten around to making a change. :slight_smile:

I went with amending

TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category Moderator Moderator
  Edit Tag Descriptions :white_check_mark:


TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category Moderator Moderator
  Manage Tags and Tag Groups :white_check_mark:

Do you think that would cover it? (I’m trying to balance comprehensive with succinct :slight_smile:)


Mabey add that TL4 are able to make tags by default


It’s actually TL3 to create a tag, and has its own line just above this one. :+1:


Guess it was changed on a forum I’m on without me relising lol


thank you for making this @JammyDodger. this is a great reference that has been very helpful for me on a number of occasions. :slight_smile:


We just updated this setting on our Discourse; may want to add to the table:

:gear: TL0 TL1 TL2 TL3 TL4 Category
[1] View Hidden Posts :gear: :gear: :gear: :gear: :gear: :green_circle: :green_circle:

  1. hidden post visible groups ↩︎


I have added it in. :+1: Thanks for the reminder. :slight_smile:


Just adding a note here that we now have two new Trust level settings that will allow different groups to edit post content and/or topic titles/categories/tags: :partying_face:

This will replace trusted users can edit others

feature topic: Separate 'trusted users can edit others' setting for trust levels 3 & 4


Adding a note that we’ve now moved to a group-enabled setting for anonymous mode - anonymous posting allowed groups


I’ll cross-link this here so people can track all the other changes coming soon to a trust-level setting near you :rocket: :slight_smile:


I have now updated the setting names in the little footnotes to reflect the new group-allowed versions. :partying_face: