In Higher Logic Vanilla (Vanilla), closing a discussion doesn't mean it's removed from the community or can't be viewed; it means users can no longer add comments.
Typical use-cases for closing a discussion include:
- An existing thread is out of date and you want to direct users (and therefore engagement) to an updated thread
- You simply don't want comments enabled for specific discussions
Who can close discussions?
The ability to close discussions is controlled by a permission that should be restricted to a select few users, such as Administrators and Moderators.
✔️ TIP: See Roles and Permissions to learn how to access and manage your Roles and their permissions.
There are two permissions that can be given to fit your needs:
- Permission to close all discussions, regardless of author: A Role requires the Default Category Permissions > Close permission or the Close permission for a particular category.
- Permission to close discussions which they have authored: A Role requires the Vanilla > Closeown permission.
You can close discussions in one of two ways:
- close a single discussion
- bulk-close multiple discussions
Let's walk through how to do both.
Close a single discussion
- Navigate to a discussion.
- Click the ellipsis (...) menu and select Close.
Bulk-close multiple discussions
- Navigate to the Recent Discussions page.
- Click to check the boxes for the discussions you want to close.
- In the popup menu at the bottom of the screen, click Close.
- In the confirmation popup, click Close Discussions.
What happens after closing a discussion?
📝 NOTE: Users who can close discussions can also comment on closed discussions.
A discussion closure is indicated in two areas:
- On the Discussions and Categories pages:
- On the discussion page itself (the Comment box is not available):
Reopen a closed discussion
Those with permissions to close a discussion can also reopen one at any time.
- Navigate to a closed discussion.
- Click the ellipsis (...) menu and select Reopen.
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