Discussions permissions

Setting

Expected Behavior

View Discussions

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Access the Discussions tool

 

Users will see: The Discussions link on the navbar

 

Also Required: N/A

Compose New Threads

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Create a new thread without having to reply to an existing thread

 

Users will see: The Start a New Thread button inside a topic

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Post New Threads to Multiple Topics

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Select multiple topics when composing a new thread

 

Users will see: The Post to other topics link and Add Topics button when composing a new thread

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Reply to Discussions Posts

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Reply to an existing post or thread

 

Users will see: The Reply option when viewing a post or thread

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Attach Files to Posts

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Attach a file in thread posts

 

Users will see: The Attachments area when composing or replying to a thread

 

Also Required: View Discussions, Compose New Threads or Reply to Discussion Posts

Create Pinned Threads

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Pin posts and threads. Pinning a post or thread makes it appear at the top of the Message List

 

Users will see: The Pin thread option when composing a new thread or editing a post that begins a new thread

 

Also Required: View Discussions

See "Mark All Read"

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Mark all posts or threads in a topic as "read" through a single action

 

Users will see: The Mark All Threads as Read option in the context menu of a topic and Mark All Posts as Read from the thread's context menu

 

Also Required: View Discussions

See "Mark Selected as Read"

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Mark selected posts or threads in a topic as "read" through a single action

This permission is only valid if grid view is enabled

 

Users will see: The Mark Selected Threads as Read option in the context menu of a topic and Mark Selected Posts as Read from the thread's context menu

 

Also Required: View Discussions, See Grid View

Edit Own Posts

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Edit their own posts

 

Users will see: The Edit Post option in the context menu of own posts

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Edit Any Post

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Edit any post

 

Users will see: The Edit Post option in the context menu of other users' posts

If the d2l.Tools.Discuss.
TextStats.DisplayWordCount configuration variable is turned on, users will also see learner word counts in any non-assessment view (Discussions Reading View and Grid View).

To view learner word counts in an assessment view, instructors do not require the Edit any Post permission. Instructors that have permission to assess discussions can see the word count in that assessment view.

 

Also Required: View Discussions, Edit Own Posts

Copy Any Post

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Copy or move posts and threads with replies between topics

 

Users will see: The Copy Thread or the Copy Post option in the context menu of a post or thread

 

Also Required: View Discussions, Copy Own Posts

Copy Own Posts

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Copy or move their own posts and threads between topics

 

Users will see: The Copy Thread or the Copy Post option in the context menu of their own post or thread

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Delete Own Posts

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Delete their own posts or threads; view and restore their own deleted posts or threads

Users cannot delete threads with replies and cannot restore a deleted post if it is a reply to another deleted post

 

Users will see: The Delete Post or the Delete Thread option in the context menu of their own post or thread

The Restore Post or Restore Thread option in the context menu of their own post or thread

 

Also Required: View Discussions, See Deleted Posts (to restore deleted posts)

Delete Any Post

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Delete posts or threads; restore deleted posts or threads

 

Users will see: The Delete Post or Delete Thread option in the context menu of any post or thread

The Restore Post or Restore Thread option in the context menu of any post or thread

 

Also Required: View Discussions, Delete Own Posts, See Deleted Posts (to restore deleted posts)

See Deleted Posts

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: See deleted posts and threads

 

Users will see: Deleted posts and threads and the Display deleted posts option on the Settings page

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Rate Posts

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Assign ratings to posts

 

Users will see: The post rating control when viewing a post

 

Also Required: Post rating must also be enabled in the topic by selecting the Users can rate posts option on the Settings page

See Average Post Ratings or Total Post Votes

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: See average ratings if Five-Star rating scheme is enabled or total post votes if other rating schemes are enabled

 

Users will see: The average rating displayed as blue stars in each post for Five-Star rating scheme

The up and down vote icons in each post for Up Vote/Down Vote and Up Vote Only rating schemes

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Post rating must also be enabled in the topic by selecting the Users can rate posts option on the Settings page

Approve Posts

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: See and approve unapproved posts and threads

 

Users will see: Number of unapproved posts for each topic in the Discussions List

The Approve Post or Approve all Replies in Thread option in the context menu of a post or thread

The Unapprove Post or Unapprove Thread option in the context menu of an approved post or thread

 

Also Required: View Discussions

See Anonymous Post Author

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: See the names of authors who have posted anonymously

 

Users will see: The Show Author link in anonymous posts

 

Also Required: View Discussions

See Post History Log

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: See previous versions of an edited post

 

Users will see: The View Post History option in the context menu of a post

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Assess Topics

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Assess topics using a numeric score or a discussion activity

 

Users will see: The Assess icon next to topics on the Discussions List page

The Assess Topic option in the context menu of a topic

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Topics must be configured for assessment in order to view assessment options

Manage Discussions

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Edit and reorder forums and topics

 

Users will see: The Reorder option in the More Actions button on the Discussions List page

The Edit Forum and Edit Topic options in the context menus of forums and topics

 

Also Required: View Discussions. Note: This setting is a prerequisite to access other administration functions in Discussions

Add Forums and Topics

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Create new discussion forums and topics

 

Users will see: The New Forum and New Topic options in the New button, and Copy option in the More Actions button in the Discussions List page

The Add Topic option in the context menu of forums

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Manage Discussions

Create and Add Release Conditions on Forums and Topics

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Add release conditions to forums and topics; remove existing release conditions

 

Users will see: The Release Conditions area of the Restrictions tab on the Edit Forum or Edit Topic page

 

Also Required: View Discussions, Manage Discussions

Delete and Restore Forums and Topics

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Delete forums and topics

 

Users will see: The Delete option in the context menu of forums and topics on the Discussions List page

The Restore option in the More Actions button on the Discussions List page

 

Also Required: View Discussions, Manage Discussions

Set Group Restrictions

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Restrict forums and topics to members of specific groups or sections

Create group discussion areas through the Groups tool

 

Users will see: Restrictions in the tool navigation and Group and Section Restrictions area in the Restrictions tab when editing a forum or topic

The Set up Discussion areas check box when creating or editing group categories

 

Also Required: View Discussions, Manage Discussions

Access Hidden Forums and Topics

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Access non-visible forums and topics (those which have a visibility status of ‘hidden’ or are marked as hidden before the availability start date or after the availability end date)

 

Users will see: Hidden forums and topics on the Discussions List page

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Override Availability Date Submission Restrictions

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Compose new posts, edit posts, delete posts, etc., even for locked or submission restricted topics

 

Users will see: Normal controls for composing threads, replying, editing, etc., inside a locked topic or submission restricted topic

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Override Release Conditions on Forums and Topics

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Access forums and topics without meeting release conditions

 

Users will see: Forums and topics listed on the Discussions List page even if they do not satisfy the forum or topic release conditions

 

Also Required: View Discussions

Override Must Post to Participate Restrictions

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: Override the Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads restriction in topics

 

Users will see: All forums and topics listed on the Discussions List page

 

Also Required: N/A

See Statistics

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: View forum and topic statistics

 

Users will see: Statistics in the tool navigation menu

View Forum Statistics and View Topic Statistics option in the context menu of forums and topics

 

Also Required: View Discussions

See User Roles in Statistics

Applicable Org Unit Type: Any

 

Allows users to: See a user's role when viewing statistics for an individual user

 

Users will see: The Role field when viewing an individual user's statistics in the User Statistics pop-up window

 

Also Required: View Discussions, See Statistics

Can Receive Notifications

Applicable Org Unit Type: All

 

Allows users to: Configure Notification preferences, subscribe to receive Discussion notifications, and receive Discussion notifications

 

Users will see: Notifications link in personal menu, icons to subscribe to discussion forums, topics, and threads, and Subscriptions page in the Discussions tool

 

Also Required: N/A

See Grid View

Applicable Org Unit Type: All

 

Allows users to: Access grid view and configure grid view settings

 

Users will see: Discussion topics in grid view and grid view settings in the Discussions Settings page

 

Also Required: View Discussions