Scenario which just happened to one of our community members:
- He created a new account (note: one of the default rate limits are “max topics in first day: 3” )
- Then he browsed around and said hello via messages to a few people he knows from our community.
- Afterwards he wanted to create a topic and was met by a message which said he’s reached his first day’s topic creation limit.
- Unhappy and surprised about it, he reached out to me. On his profile summary it actually says he’s created 0 topics.So I looked at logs and dived into this deeper.
Here’s what I found:
Basically, he had only sent the 3 private messages and didn’t even manage to create a single topic yet, as he was busy browsing the forum. So it turns out that Discourse counts private messages as new topics (tested with other new users).
I don’t think it makes sense? Well, at least when it comes to these trust level limits. Especially since there’s another rate limit setting called “max private messages per day”