Locking and unlocking forums 

You can lock forums to prevent users from adding new topics or posting responses to existing topics.

Before you begin

You must be a forum owner to lock or unlock a stand-alone forum. Administrators can lock or unlock any forum. If the forum is in a community, then community owners can also lock and unlock a forum and its topics.

Anyone who has permission to lock a forum can create topics and replies in the forum even when it is locked. This functionality allows forum owners to make changes to the forum without unlocking it and thus opening it to the entire community. The forum and its topics remain locked for all other users.

About this task

You might want to lock a forum when you consider the content in the forum to be resolved or complete. For example, if someone started the forum to troubleshoot a specific issue and that issue has now been resolved, then you might consider locking the forum so that no further changes can be made. When you lock a forum, users can still view the forum content, but they cannot add any new topics or make changes to existing content.


To lock a forum...

  1. Open the forum that you want to lock.

  2. Select More Actions -> Lock Forum.


The forum is marked as locked in the user interface to let users know that they cannot contribute to the forum.

What to do next

You can unlock the forum when you want to allow users to resume adding topics and posting responses to existing topics. To unlock a forum, open the forum and select More Actions -> Unlock Forum.

Parent topic

Locking forums and forum topics

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