Moderating discussions and approving messages

If a topic requires message approval, posted messages only appear to users with permission to approve messages. You must manually approve these messages to make them visible to all users. When a user with permission to approve messages posts in a topic, their message displays automatically without requiring approval.

You can turn message approval on or off from the Properties tab when creating or editing a forum or topic. Once you turn message approval on, a Posts require approval icon appears beside the forum or topic name, indicating that a user with the appropriate permissions must approve any messages before they display in that forum or topic.

If a message is not appropriate for the topic and you do not want to approve it, you can do any of the following:

  1. Approving messages
  2. Finding messages that require approval
  3. Editing other users' discussion messages
  4. Viewing a discussion message’s history

Approving messages

Approve a message

Click Edit from the context menu of the forum or topic you want to add message approval to and select Messages must be approved before being displayed in the Properties tab to ensure that you have the ability to approve messages activated.

If you are using the Grid Style message list, do one of the following:

If you are using the Reading Style message list, click Approve beneath the message header.

Unapprove a previously approved message

Do one of the following:

Finding messages that require approval

You can find unapproved messages in the following ways:

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Editing other users' discussion messages

Editing a message allows you to change the subject or message text, add or remove attachments, or change whether the message is pinned. You cannot make a message anonymous or change the name of the message author—the original author’s name remains even after a message has been edited. Users who edit a message appear in a list in the message’s history.

Identify edited messages by the Last Edited icon in the message header.

Edit a message

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Grid Style  Click on the message, then click Edit Message.
    • Reading Style  Click More Actions beneath the message header, then click Edit at the top of the message.
  2. Make your changes.
  3. If you are using the Grid Style message list, click Save. If you are using the Reading Style message list, click Post.

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Viewing a discussion message’s history

When a message is edited, the message history records all previous versions of the message, who edited it, and when it was approved or unapproved.

View a message’s history

Do one of the following:

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