GUIDE: Forum (Discourse) Trust Levels [New, Basic, Member, Regular, Leader]

Guide - Understanding Discourse / Forum Trust Levels

Quick little guide to showing the various requirements of achieving different Trust Levels & what they are / can do on the forum itself

Source for all information:

:1234: Trust Levels

There are 5 trust levels to the forum, each with different privileges & restrictions & powers.
0 - New
1 - Basic
2 - Member
3 - Regular
4 - Leader

Trust Level 0 - New

Default for all new members of the fourm
This trust level has the most restrictions & the least privilidges. The good news is that it is really easy to graduate from “New” to “Basic” (Trust Level 0 to Trust Level 1).

Click For New Member Restrictions

NOTE: This is a list of what Trust Level 0 (New) users CANNOT do:

  • 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

Easiest level to achieve. You can essentially reach this by completing the Forum Tutorial with @discobot (Check your Messages for it’s welcome message).

Click for list of what a Basic User CAN do
  • Use all core Discourse functions; all new user restrictions are removed
  • Create new posts
  • Upload images and attachments
  • Edit wiki posts
  • Flag posts
  • Mute other users

To become “Trust Level 1 - Basic User”, simply:

  • Entering (Opening) at least 5 topics
  • Reading at least 30 posts
  • Spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts

Trust Level 2 - Member


Also relatively easy to achieve.

Click for list of what a Member User can do

In addition to all of what a basic user can do, “Trust Level 2 - Member” can also

  • Daily like limit increased by 1.5×
  • Ignore other users
  • Edit their own posts for up to 30 days after posting

To become “Trust Level 2 - Member”, you must:

  • 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

Trust Level 3 - Regular

Quite a bit harder to achieve & needs a little bit of dedication (or regularity).

Click for what a Regular User can also do

In addition to all privileges granted to Trust Level 1 & 2, a Trust Level 3 User can:

  • Recategorize and rename topics
  • 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 limit increased by 2×

To become “Trust Level 3 - Regular” you must:

  • Have visited at least 50% of days
  • 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)
  • Have received 20 likes, and given 30 likes.*
  • Not have received more than 5 spam or offensive flags (with unique posts and unique users for each, confirmed by a moderator)
  • Not have been suspended or silenced

Trust Level 4 - Leader

Very Very Very difficult to get… This level of trust cannot be earned but is instead bestowed by the Forum Administrators. Currently it is only available to:

  • Forum Moderators (All 9 of us)
  • Forum “Staff”
Click to see what a Leader is able to do

In addition to all abilities granted to Trust Levels 1, 2 & 3, a “Trust Level 4 - Leader” can also:
Users at trust level 4 can…

  • Create and send Private Messages to other Forum Users
  • Add & remove users from Private Messages
  • Edit all posts
  • Pin/unpin topic
  • Close topics
  • Archive topics
  • Make topics unlisted
  • Split and merge topics
  • Reset topic bump date
  • Daily like limit increased by 3×
  • Any TL4 flag cast on any post immediately takes effect and hides the target post

How Do I Check My Status Against the Requirements?

Quite easy to do.

  1. Go to your Forum Profile

  2. Compare the displayed stats against the requirements listed above.

Forum Staff also answer requests to check Trust Level 3 progress vs. requirments for community members here: Regular Status: when will I become a Forum Regular?

Other Links


Hi! To find out what I can do, say @discobot display help.


@angeljenn149, this might be helpful to you. And to take the tutorial, just ask Discobot with an @ symbol. :slight_smile:

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Thanks @Saphirra! Hoping to get to this on the weekend :smile:

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