Locking and unlocking forum topics 

Lock a forum topic when you want to prevent people from editing the topic or posting responses to it.

Before you begin

You must be the Forums administrator or the forum owner to lock or unlock a topic in a stand-alone forum. You must be a community owner or the Forums administrator to lock or unlock a topic in a community forum.

About this task

If you do not want to lock an entire forum, you can lock forum content at topic level to prevent people from editing a topic or posting responses to it. For example, you might want to lock a forum topic when you consider the topic to be resolved or complete. When you lock a forum topic, people can still view the topic, but they cannot post responses to it or make changes to existing content.

As the forum owner, you can still edit a locked topic and post replies to it even though the topic remains locked for everyone else. This functionality gives you greater control over the content of the forum. For example, if the topic contains inappropriate content, you can lock the topic, and then update it by deleting or editing certain replies without having to reopen the topic.


To lock a forum topic...

  1. Open the topic that you want to lock.

  2. Click Lock Topic.


The topic is marked as locked in the user interface to let users know that they can no longer contribute to the discussion thread.

What to do next

If you need to unlock the topic at a later stage, you can do so by opening the topic and clicking Unlock Topic at the top of the page.

Parent topic

Locking forums and forum topics

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