ocPortal Tutorial: Basic forum moderation
This tutorial will explain what is possible in ocPortal, although these features are all very easy to find and use.
Table of contents
Moderation actions are presented underneath topics when they are individually viewed
Topic moderation actions are:
- moving topics
- deleting topics
- editing topics
- closing, pinning, sinking, and cascading topics (these are available individually, or together by editing the topic)
- validating topics
Mass moderation of topics is performed by selecting topics and then choosing an action
When editing a topic, various options may be simultaneously changed
Moderation links are present underneath posts
Post moderation actions are:
- merge posts into (this can only be done with mass moderation)
- split posts from
- deleting posts
- editing posts
- validation posts
Mass moderation of posts is performed by selecting posts and then choosing an action
The 'merge posts into' feature moves posts out of the current topic and into an existing one.
When moving to a new topic, the title of the topic is as of the first moved post. If the first moved post has no title the topic will be given an arbitrary title (which you may later edit).
Deleted posts will be kept behind in the 'post history'. Post history can be accessed in three ways:
- Clicking the 'history' button next to a post (for edited posts only)
- Clicking the 'post history' link in a member profile
- Selecting the 'topic history' topic action
Mass moving posts results in this interface
Self moderationWhether members may moderate their own posts and topics depends on their privileges. The forum permissions are set in exactly the same way as other permissions in ocPortal are.
ValidationWithout the right permissions members will not be able to make topics and posts without them being initially marked as validated. If you have chosen to configure your forum like this then you will need to check all non-validated topics and posts for suitability of content, and choose to validate or delete them depending on this.
Important postsModerators may choose to flag a post of theirs as important. This will usually be used to carry one of three meanings:
- the post contains important information
- the moderator is exerting their authority
- the post was created by a multi-moderation, and hence is automated or otherwise standardised