Welcome to the Crackdown forum FAQ! Use this guide to learn more about the features our forum has to offer.
To read more, just keep scrolling down! As new replies or new topics arrive, they will appear automatically – no need to refresh the page.
For search, your user page, or the ☰ menu, use the icon buttons at upper right.
Selecting a topic title will always take you to the next unread reply in the topic. To enter at the top or bottom, select the reply count or last reply date instead.
While reading a topic, select the progress bar at the bottom right for full navigation controls. Quickly jump back to the top by selecting the topic title. Press ? for a list of super-speedy keyboard shortcuts.
To reply to the topic in general, use at the very bottom of the topic.
To reply to a specific person, use on their post.
To reply with a new topic, use to the right of the post. Both old and new topics will be automatically linked together.
To insert a quote, select the text you wish to quote, then press any Reply button. Repeat for multiple quotes!
To notify someone about your reply, mention their name. Type
@ to begin selecting a username.
To use Emoji, just type
: to match by name, or use the traditional smileys
To generate a summary for a link, paste it on a line by itself:
There are action buttons at the bottom of each post:
To let someone know that you enjoyed and appreciated their post, use the like button. Share the love!
- All likes are public.
- Each post shows which users have liked it.
- The first like on a post will trigger a notification to the post's author.
- Likes can also award badges; for example, a post with 10 likes will grant the author a "Nice Post" badge.
- You cannot like your own post.
- You can only like a post once.
- You can only undo a like within 10 minutes after submitting the like.
- The amount of likes you can give in a day depends on your Trust Level (see below).
If you see a problem with someone's post, privately let them, or our staff, know about it with the flag button. You can also share a link to a post, or bookmark it for later reference on your user page.
When someone replies to you, quotes your post, or mentions your
@username, a number will immediately appear at the top right of the page. Use it to access your notifications.
Don't worry about missing a reply – you'll be emailed any notifications that arrive when you are away.
All topics less than two days old are considered new.
Any topic you've actively participated in (by creating, replying, or reading for an extended period) will be automatically tracked.
You will see the blue new and unread number indicators next to these topics:
You can change your notifications for any topic via the notification control at the bottom of the topic.
You can also set notification state per category, if you want to watch every new topic in a specific category.
To change any of these settings, see your user preferences.
As you participate in the forums, over time you'll gain the trust of the community, become a full citizen, and new user limitations will be lifted. At a high enough trust level, you'll gain new abilities to help us manage our community together.
There are five user trust levels, and your current level is visible on your user page:
0 (New) → 1 (Basic) → 2 (Member) → 3 (Regular) → 4 (Leader)
New users are visitors who just created an account and are still learning community norms and the way the forum works. New users' abilities are restricted; New users cannot:
- Send private messages to other users
- Reply as new topic
- Flag posts
- Post more than 2 links in a post
- Have hyperlinks in the About Me section of their profile
- Mention more than 2 users in a post
New users 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
Basic users have additional privileges, and can:
- Use all core Discourse functions
- Flag posts
Basic users can get to trust level 2 by:
- Visiting at least 15 days, non-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
- 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 it a group PM
- Daily like limit increased by 1.5x
Basic users can get to trust level 3 by:
This is based on time and activity, 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 (Note: 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.)
- 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
- Recategorize and rename topics
- Have all their links followed
- Daily like limit increased by 2x
The only way to become a Leader is to be manually promoted by a staff member.
- Edit all posts
- Pin/unpin topics
- Close topics
- Archive topics
- Make topic unlisted
- Split and merge topics
- Daily like limit increased by 3x
Note that current trust level behavior is defaulted by Discourse. The requirements and/or privileges may change over time. If you have any comments or suggestions on how trust levels work, please create a topic in the Site & Forum Feedback category!
Stand out from the crowd by customizing your user card! From User Settings > Preferences, upload a profile background and user card background to customize the look of your user card, like so:
From the Preferences page, you can also update your About Me, show your earned Badges, and more.
Topics staff have deemed important are Pinned to the top of each category. Pinned topics are identified with next to the topic title. Users can individually unpin topics they've already read and understood by clicking on the button; when unpinned, the symbol will turn to .