User invite process improvements

WOW! Thank you @techAPJ and Team!!

This is fantastic. Updating now.

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I invite all people to a topic that is a Guide to the best of this forum.

Would it be easy enough to expand this to the invite to a specific article feature?


Sure I agree with that, @techapj can you cover this case as well? Same UI buttons.


Great feature request here in this topic @fysics, I’ll use this every day.

This can be done as such: Generating lots of Invite Tokens

Ok, done! :confetti_ball:


This is really fantastic. :confetti_ball: :dancers: :boom:

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Not only is the link that we get more inviting when I send it to a new person, but it’s also a way to easily tell if the person is already a member without shooting them an email if they weren’t.

This provides me so much more control & less questions in the entire invite process, and takes my use to just the right spot in one fell swoop.

What a great add on to Discourse!


This is an old thread; but it’s the best match I’ve found to the query I have. Much like Zane who made the first post; I have an invite-only community and would like to either set the username for each invited user (preferred) or else allow them to set it with their password when they click on the invite link.

Is there an option to do that; I haven’t found any options in the invite process. Any good workarounds?

The change username setting doesn’t really help in this case; if I set it to non-zero they can’t edit it as soon as they join and if I set it to zero they can’t edit it all; if I understand that setting correctly.

Let’s confirm with @techapj but I believe this is possible.


If you want to pre-stage username while inviting, there is only one option and that is generating invite links via Discourse API gem. Here is the howto:


Thanks. Unfortunately it’s too technical for me (at this stage). I don’t
know what Gem is or if we have it; and I’d be nervous to break it if I
tweaked it!

Still; will point our admin to it and check it out, and see where it lands
on the list.

Appreciate the link (and clarity that uploading a csv won’t help me).

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(Sorry for reviving thread) Is this feature planned? Currently evaluating Discourse for building a new (invite-only) community, however one requirement would be the possibility of sending invite links over instant messaging without exchanging email addresses. (So basically generating invite links without entering an email address at all.)

I’d try to implement this myself but I’m not quite comfortable enough with my Ruby skills.

Hi nkr, welcome to the forum

It is possible to invite members to topics by username or email address. You do not need to use email addresses.


Oh sorry, what I meant was inviting new users to the forum, not a specific topic. Can’t do that without entering an email address.

Discourse relies quite heavily on email. Email is used for password reset and to verify account ownership status, amongst other less critical (but very useful) features like notifications. Can you expand upon inviting users without knowing their email? How will they know you invited them?

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One need is migrating a group like meetup, FB, or listserv. Would be nice to publish/send a link that onboards the user and adds them to group like bulk invites (sans email). They would still have to provide an email to activate.


Exactly. Users could generate invite links which are valid once (or maybe even have a max number of possible invitees allowing them to be reused). Anyone who clicks this link would still have to enter an email address plus username and password to register.

We could still do notifications like “User XY registered using your invite link”.


Ah, you need them to be added to a group. This is certainly an interesting idea.

This is a concern I have with this. While this proposed feature would work well on sites where public registration is enabled, “open-ended” invite links would be a huge security hole for invite only sites.

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It’s probably worth looking at for inspiration on this.


  • expiration
  • management and revocation of links
  • landing page that invites you to register

While they don’t have invite links that grant you a role, that’s a fairly obvious thing for Discourse to do, e.g. on the invite link settings page.

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Hi all, I’ve been lurking here for a while, and getting a lot of answers and useful information to how this forum works! Yay, and thank you!

On our forum, we generally discuss mastering a game that we play (GSN Tripeaks Solitaire is a great time filler, if anyone needs one LOL – oh, & it’s fun too!). We have clubs, and our mode of personal contact is through Facebook.

I can send invites to our forum by sending our forum URL via FB messages only. However, in our game, and in our lives, people like getting badges (and we love that badges are available!).

Our efforts to promote our forum would be enhanced if the person inviting would get credit when a someone joins. I have 80 people I can get credit for inviting if the forum didn’t require an email address. People are wary about giving out their email address to strangers these days… go figure (they still made me their friend). Out of the 80, 2 gave me their address :frowning:

I absolutely understand the need for email addresses in tracking, monitoring and recording membership… which can still be accomplished during the sign up process after the invite is received and accepted.

Just wondering if this is still on the table, or if I’m beating a dead horse.

Thank you so much for your time.