Building this as we go and people mention stuff:-
Stuff so far...
Posting Pictures. Is user level limited. New users need to spend an amount of time reading and posting before being able to post pics. we are looking into adjusting the limits
Quoting, just highlight what you wanna quote and you get a pop up to "quote Reply"
Posting videos also auto imbed, just paste in the link to the YouTube bid and that's it :)
Limit on number of posts in first 24 hours
Feature to stop spammers flooding the boards, New users are limited to 10 posts in first 24 hours, this has temp been lifted to 50 during testing.
There is a lot tied up in the user levels.... copy and pasted from the Discourse forum:-
User trust levels are a way of...
Sandboxing new users in your community so that they cannot accidentally (or intentionally!) hurt themselves, the forum, or other users while they are learning what to do.
Granting experienced users more rights so that they can help maintain and moderate the community they generously contribute so much of their time to.
As documented in Community Building on the Web444, there is a progression from...
Visitor → Novice → Regular → Leader → Elder
These five levels seemed like a great starting point for our user trust system, though we changed a few names to make the levels more clear.
Thus, Discourse offers five user trust levels, and your current level is visible on your user page:
0 (New) → 1 (Basic) → 2 (Member) → 3 (Regular) → 4 (Leader)
(Yes, we intend for you to be able to rename the levels, though this is not quite supported yet. If you gotta have level 4 be Ninja and level 3 be Pirate, so be it!)
There are also flags that make an account a moderator or admin, but these privileged accounts will work up the user trust levels in the same way that regular users do, they just start with most or all abilities. If you are an admin, you can view the system wide stats on how many users are at each particular trust level on /admin.
The concept of trust levels is still actively evolving.
Discourse does not quite trust new users yet, as they are visitors who just created an account, still learning the community norms and the way your forum works. Whether accidentally, or intentionally, new users can cause problems in your community.
We also want to hide any so-called "advanced" functionality from new users to make the UI less confusing for them and gently land them on the deeper UI as they get more experienced.
Thus, new users' abilities are restricted for safety -- both theirs and yours.
Users at trust level 0 cannot...
Send private messages to other users
Reply as new topic in the right gutter (UI removed)
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
Admins can change these limitations in...
If a user sticks around long enough to read a bit, Discourse now trusts them as a basic user.
They can get to trust level 1 by...
entering at least 5 topics
reading at least 30 posts
spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts
Admins can change these thresholds in..
Users at trust level 1 can...
use all core Discourse functions
Upload images and attachments if enabled
Edit wiki posts
have all new user restrictions removed
Members keep coming back to the site, and have participated long enough to earn complete citizenship.
They can get to trust level 2 by...
visiting at least 15 days, not sequentially
casting at least 1 like
receiving at least 1 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
Admins can change these thresholds in..
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 ×
Regulars are the most active readers and reliable contributors over long periods of time.
They can get to trust level 3 by...
This is time and activity based, unlike the previous levels. In the last 100 days...
must have visited at least 50% of days
must have replied to at least 10 different topics
of topics created in the last 100 days, must have viewed 25%
of posts created in the last 100 days, must have read 25%
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
* 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 these must be true.
Unlike other trust levels, you can lose trust level 3 status. If you dip below these requirements, whether from flagging or the passage of time, you will be demoted 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.
Admins can change these thresholds in..
leader_promotion_min_duration (grace period)
Users at trust level 3 can...
recategorize and rename topics
access a private "frequent flier's lounge" category only visible to users at trust level 3 and higher
have all their links followed (we remove automatic nofollow598)
spam flags cast on TL0 user posts immediately reach the action threshold
make their own posts wiki (that is, editable by any TL1+ users)
Daily like limit increased by 2 ×
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.
They can get to trust level 4 by...
Manual promotion only at the moment!
In the future, look closely at quality?
ExplicitQuality = min(1.0,
contributionValue(LikesRecievedCnt) * LikesWeight +
contributionValue(BookmarksRecievedCnt) * BookmarksWeight +
contributionValue(FavoritesRecievedCnt) * FavoritesWeight +
contributionValue(RepliesCnt) * RepliesWeight +
contributionValue(AvgTopicRepliesCnt) * TopicRepliesWeight)
Look also at site and topic promotion: invites, accepted invites, external links followed?
Users at trust level 4 can...
edit all posts
make topic unlisted
Split and merge topics
Daily like limit increased by 3 ×
Badges.. you win badges from doing stuff, to start with, we are running on the standard ones... like fill in your profile, get a badge, one of your posts like x number of times, get a badge... We will add more and use them as more of a feature, possibly linking to real world things like discount in the store, or limited edition merch or sommit.
EDIT- Badges have moved on a lot since I made this post, they now have their own thread, cos they are that awesome
Emoji... there are loads of them and a swanky auto complete funtion on them too. full list of emoji is here:-
Appearence, currently we are running with the default look while we are testing.... but will be styling it to look like the blog theme.... you know, when the blog theme is finished lol
Tapatalk, and other third party forum apps. There are no third party plugins yet available for discourse, but the software itself is pretty damn good for mobile access, so this not a huge issue, except with push notifications, this will be resolved too when the email notifications get online. When third party plugins are available we may look at implementing them if we feel there is a need.
Short cuts.... there are loads of them, you dont have to use them, but you might find them useful
All you need to do to see the short cuts is to press ?
Testing using Imgur Albums in posts.... use format "http://imgur.com/a/QhU2N"
Vimeo... just paste the URL in...
Youtube.... just paste the URL in...