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Discourse overview

Creating a new topic

  • Click the "New Topic" button on the home page or a Group screen.
  • Make sure that you are posting to the desired group.
  • You can use the rich text editor to format your post including adding images, links etc.
  • You can refer to other users using the at symbol eg @Chris_Cant.
  • Click on "show preview" (bottom right) if you want to see what the post will look like.
  • Finally, click on "Create Topic".

Click on New Topic then use the editor to write your post.

Replying on a topic

Click on the "Reply" button at the bottom of a topic to bring up the editor

Note: when starting a reply, if you click on the top left editor icon, you can opt to "Reply as a linked topic" ie start a new linked topic.

Editing, deleting and pinning

You can edit your own topics and replies. You can delete your replies (it says "post withdrawn" for 24 hours before disappearing; this time can be configured). To delete a topic, flag it for the attention of moderators.

Moderators can pin topics to the top of a group.


You can include a poll in a new topic. When the topic editor appears, click on the ⛭ settings cog within the editor window and choose "Build poll". There are various options: single choice, multiple choice and number rating and you can choose if you want to show the results during the poll. You can opt to close the poll at a specified time - or close it manually when you want.

Don't forget to add a good title for your topic and some explanatory text if need be. Check your wording carefully as you can only edit a poll for 5 minutes after creation.

To make a poll, start a New Topic, click the cog then select Build Poll Choose the type of poll and give the options

Scheduled posts

Admins and moderators can do scheduled posts: https://meta.discourse.org/t/how-to-create-a-timed-topic/60731 However regularly repeating emails aren't possible.