Understanding Discourse Trust Levels - Forum Leveling system

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This seemed like a great starting point for our user trust system. Thus, Discourse offers five user trust levels

Trust Level 0 — New

By default, all new users start out at trust level 0, meaning trust has yet to be earned. These are visitors who just created an account, and are still learning the community norms and the way your community works. New users’ abilities are restricted for safety – both theirs and yours.

(We also want to hide any “advanced” functionality from new users to make the UI less confusing for them as they gain more experience.)

Users at trust level 0 cannot

  • Send personal messages to other users
  • “Reply as new topic” via Link button (UI removed)
  • Flag posts
  • Post more than 1 image
  • Post any attachments
  • Post more than 2 hyperlinks in a post
  • Have actual links in the ‘about me’ field of their profile (will be silently and temporarily converted to plain text)
  • Mention more than 2 users in a post
  • Post more than 3 topics
  • Post more than 10 replies

Admins can change these limitations by searching for newuser and first_day in site settings.

Trust Level 1 — Basic

At Discourse, we believe reading is the most fundamental and healthy action in any community. If a new user is willing to spend a little time reading, they will quickly be promoted to the first trust level.

Get to trust level 1 by…

  • Entering at least 5 topics
  • Reading at least 30 posts
  • Spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts

Users at trust level 1 can…

  • Use all core Discourse functions; all new user restrictions are removed
  • Send PMs
  • Upload images and attachments if enabled
  • Edit wiki posts
  • Flag posts
  • Mute other users

Admins can change these thresholds by searching for tl1 in site settings.

Trust Level 2 — Member

Members keep coming back to your community over a series of weeks; they have not only read, but actively participated long and consistently enough to be trusted with full citizenship.

Get to trust level 2 by…

  • Visiting at least 15 days, not sequentially
  • Casting at least 15 like
  • Receiving at least 5 like
  • Replying to at least 3 different topics
  • Entering at least 20 topics
  • Reading at least 100 posts
  • Spend a total of 60 minutes reading posts

Users at trust level 2 can…

  • Use the “Invite others to this topic” button for one-click onboarding of new users to participate in topics
  • Invite outside users to PMs making a group PM
  • Daily like limit increased by 1.5×
  • Ignore other users

Admins can change these thresholds by searching for tl2 in site settings.

Trust Level 3 — Regular

Regulars are the backbone of your community, the most active readers and reliable contributors over a period of months, even years. Because they’re always around, they can be further trusted to help tidy up and organize the community.

To get to trust level 3, in the last 100 days…

  • Must have visited at least 60% of days
  • Must have replied to at least 10 different topics
  • Of topics created in the last 100 days, must have viewed 500
  • Of posts created in the last 100 days, must have read 25% (capped at 20k)
  • Must have received 20 likes, and given 30 likes.*
  • Must not have received more than 5 spam or offensive flags (with unique posts and unique users for each, confirmed by a moderator)
  • Must not have been suspended or silenced

* These likes must be across a minimum number of different users (1/5 the number), across a minimum number of different days (1/4 the number). Likes cannot be from PMs.

All of the above criteria must be true to achieve trust level 3. Furthermore, unlike other trust levels, you can lose trust level 3 status . If you dip below these requirements in the last 100 days, you will be demoted back to Member. However, in order to avoid constant promotion/demotion situations, there is a 2-week grace period immediately after gaining Trust Level 3 during which you will not be demoted.

Users at trust level 3 can…

  • Recategorize and rename topics
  • Access a secure category only visible to users at trust level 3 and higher
  • Have all their links followed (we remove automatic nofollow)
  • TL3 spam flags cast on TL0 user posts immediately hide the post
  • TL3 flags cast on TL0 user posts in sufficient diversity will auto-silence the user and hide all their posts
  • Make their own posts wiki (that is, editable by any TL1+ users)
  • Daily like limit increased by 2×

Admins can change these thresholds by searching for TL3 in site settings.

Trust Level 4 — Leader

Leaders are regulars who have been around forever and seen everything. They set a positive example for the community through their actions and their posts. If you need advice, these are the folks you turn to first, and they’ve earned the highest level of community trust, such that they are almost moderators within the community already.

Get to trust level 4 by…

  • Manual promotion by staff only
  • (Possibly via a to-be-developed election system in the future)

Users at trust level 4 can…

  • Edit all posts
  • Pin/unpin topic
  • Close topics
  • Archive topics
  • Make topics unlisted
  • Split and merge topics
  • Reset topic bump date
  • Daily like limit increased by 3×
  • Any TL4 flag cast on any post immediately takes effect and hides the target post

Found on https://blog.discourse.org/2018/06/understanding-discourse-trust-levels/

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Thanks!

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We have tweaked it a little bit. We do not know what will work best yet and we will have to see how it works out over time. Suggestions are always welcome, here are the changes we have made to the above defaults so far:


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Default is 1 like each.


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Default is 50 days, this is out of 100 so to get tl3 you need to be active 60% of the time.


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Default is 200.


Note:
Even at default settings trust level 3 is not possible right now as there have not been enough topics created yet. :stuck_out_tongue: The forums are still in their infancy however they will build up with new topics over time.

If there is anything else you need cleared up I am always here. :slight_smile:

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Okay thanks for letting me, us, know!
I changed the the thread a bit now. Also, I think the things you added are sometimes wayyy to high.
eg. 500 topics viewed and 60% of the 100 days online.
It is not cool that you cannot view 500 topics alreadt :sweat_smile:.
I hope many people will start creating topics here so I can get that TL3 rank! :wink:

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yeah :stuck_out_tongue: We want tl3 to be somewhat difficult because it’s basically a lite moderator status that theoretically anyone could achieve. So we want to make sure only the right people actually get it or else we might end up with issues. :sweat_smile:

500 topics will come don’t worry, right now there are about 50 ish topics but that number will go up easily. The more people join the forums the quicker we will reach it. I wish you good luck.

side note: the 500 topics viewed requirement is a one-time thing, you don’t need to view 500 topics every 100 days.

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Ow I thought you had to view 500 topics every 100 days lol

that would suck.

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true, it would just be almost impossible lol

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