Understanding Trust Levels

Trust Level 0 – New

  • 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
  • Edit their own posts after more than 24 hours

Trust Level 1 – Basic

  • Entering at least 5 topics

  • Reading at least 30 posts

  • Spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts

  • 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

Trust Level 2 – Member

  • 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

  • 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, edit, and flag limits increased by 1.5×

  • Ignore other users

  • Edit their own posts for up to 30 days after posting

Trust Level 3 – Regular

  • Must have visited at least 50% of days

  • Must have replied to at least 10 different non-PM topics

  • Of topics created in the last 100 days, must have viewed 25% (capped at 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 in the last 6 months

  • 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, edit, and flag limits increased by 2×

Trust Level 4 – Leader

  • Manual promotion by staff only

  • Edit all posts

  • Pin/unpin topic

  • Close topics

  • Archive topics

  • Make topics unlisted

  • Split and merge topics

  • Reset topic bump date

  • Daily like, edit, and flag limits increased by 3×

  • Any TL4 flag cast on any post immediately takes effect and hides the target post

  • Can send personal messages to an email address