What additional privileges (if any) does Regular status in this forum actually provide?

My understanding of this is that you can recategorize and rename your own topics, which I couldn’t do before I reached Regular status. Seems a strange limitation to have, I wonder why this is?

Huh, yeesh. Other than not allowing topics to be moved into the more “restricted” categories like #feature-requests, that seems like a bad limitation.

1 Like

Nothing here either

Hm, I tried with a test account that is just at user trust level=basic and was able to edit the topic title and category of a topic I created.

image

than I have no idea :)

Yes, according to this post, you get two extra votes as a Regular (TL3) user (assuming the defaults haven’t been changed since then).

1 Like

@tiwane raised them all to 100

5 Likes

Oh, okay - thanks. I hardly ever use them, so I didn’t notice. Is there anywhere you can look to see how many votes, likes, and so on you have available?

2 Likes

Not that I’m able to find. I think I recall only one person saying they had run into the limit on likes per day, so I don’t think it’s a big problem except maybe for new users catching up on reading topics.

1 Like

@bazwal Just noticed/remembered it does say how many votes you have left when you vote on something:

image

2 Likes

The trusted_users_can_edit_others setting is turned off, currently, which is why “Regular” (weird name, maybe we should come up with better names for each trust level? Insect life stages?) users don’t have any special powers.

If we turn that setting on these will be the abilities for Regular (Trust Level 3) users:

Trust Level 3

Trust Level 3 users can edit topic titles and recategorize topics that are in a category they have permission to create topics in. Trust Level 3 users cannot edit archived topics or personal messages.

Trust Level 3 users cannot edit the content of other user’s posts.

And for Trust Level 4 (you need to be manually promoted by staff to TL4):

Trust Level 4

Trust Level 4 users can edit topic titles and recategorize topics that are in a category they have permission to create topics in. Trust Level 4 users can edit archived topics, but they cannot edit personal messages.

Trust Level 4 users can edit post content for topics they have permission to create posts in.

(taken from https://meta.discourse.org/t/what-does-the-trusted-users-can-edit-others-setting-do/92143)

Anyone object to this setting being turned on?

2 Likes

Could you elaborate on this or give a hypothetical example of an edit of an archived topic? “And same of editing post content for topics”

2 Likes

I don’t think we’ve used the archived topic feature here. But editing a post means just that. I have, for example, edited another user’s post to fix broken code or broken links.

No one is Trusted Level 4 at this point, but moderators and staff can edit posts.

3 Likes

So just to fix code and links? Not to change the words that someone posted?

2 Likes

To be clear, someone at Trust Level 3/Regular can’t edit content of posts, just the title of a topic (eg for this topic “What additional privileges (if any) does Regular status in this forum actually provide?”) or move a topic from one category to another (eg from General to Bug Reports). That’s it.

@bouteloua is a moderator, and moderators can edit the content of posts, but that’s generally only happened a handful of times, and those edits should be free for anyone to see. The original poster is also notified when this happens. I think it’s pretty much only been done to fix links and such.

3 Likes

It allows words too. It’s a pretty serious tool to be able to edit someone else’s posts, so yeah, just a tool for User Level 4, which is users selected by staff. The edits to posts are tracked the same as when you edit your own post (after the grace period).

We could also just decide not to allow anyone to have User Level 4 (again, no one is at that level right now).

2 Likes

I may not be understanding fully, but I’m not comfortable with people changing the wording of my posts, especially if I’m not around (quit checking the forum, died, etc.) to get the notification.

1 Like

Again, any edits are viewable by anyone. I just added two extra periods to @bouteloua’s post above as an example. You should now see an orange pencil on it:

Click on that and you should see an edit history, including who edited it and which changes they made:

So it is transparent to everyone. And again, it’s not used lightly (except in this case).

4 Likes

I appreciate the explanations. But I think it would be more transparent if there were a different color for the edit pencil in those cases where someone other than the poster made an edit. (I rarely look through a post’s edits because before now I had assumed that all edits were made by the poster.)

4 Likes

i don’t really need any special powers as a Regular user. really, i started this discussion just to clarify what Regular users could actually do and set everyone’s expectations appropriately. if there’s a way to edit the description on the Regular badge, that might help to get everything aligned.

5 Likes