Hey, how can I get Discourse to do X?


Set the notification control in the topic from ‘watch’ (this is the default for topics you create) to ‘tracking’ or ‘normal’.

  • On mobile expand the progress bar to see the notification control.

  • On desktop look at the bottom of the topic or in the right gutter under the timeline, notification control is mirrored both places.



I would’ve posted sooner, but Discourse doesn’t send a notification when someone is teasing me.


Perfect. My inbox thanks you. It became a busy thread!


Hey, did something change with youtube-embedding? I am sure it did so automatically before, but it doesn’t do so now. I am not complaining, just wondered if some setting has been changed.


Works fine

Perhaps you tried to embed a video that has embedding disabled; check on YouTube because the person who posts the video can turn that off, and some people / entities absolutely do.


Aha, makes sense. Thanks!


Post June 15th, turn the likes back on please. What is a good reason not to have that? What does it hurt? Lots of times reading a thread I see a post that basically says what I wanted to say. I’d like to be able to just like the post rather than deciding whether to make a post that just says, basically, “I agree with you” vs not doing anything.


[quote=“olaf, post:1021, topic:119996”]What is a good reason not to have that? What does it hurt?

I gather you haven’t been following this thread much have you?


You mean this thread? :)


I definitely prefer getting and giving likes vs. nothing. I am never going to reply to every single post I think is useful/funny/insightful/interesting (especially if I’m on my phone when I read it) but clicking like is easy and I am pretty sure the person receiving the like appreciates it.


eh… yup, thanks!


Keep the “likes yes or no” discussion in that topic, not here.


I gather you haven’t been following this thread much have you?

No I haven’t been following this thread.


Question for the Discourse experts (or; paging @wumpus). This has been confusing me since day one and I still haven’t figured it out.

Why do posts sometimes have the person/post being replied to listed and other times not? There have been many times I read someone clearly replying to a specific post, but I can’t puzzle out what post they are referring to?

As an example, I mean this:

Sometimes when I reply to an actual post I see that in “reply to %username%” in the reply, and other times…

I will not? What am I doing wrong that it doesn’t show up? When that little reply icon isn’t in the upper right of the post, how can I figure out what the person is replying to when they don’t quote the message they are replying to? Is there a way?


If you click the Reply button within a given post, it will automatically tie your post to theirs with the visual indicator you mentioned… AFAIK, the first reply you quote from in a thread (if you are quoting from multiple) will also get that tag. Of course, quote boxes also include a little expando to see the full post you’re quoting from, if you prefer that.

If you just click the Reply button at the bottom of the entire thread, it won’t tie your post to anyone else’s, and AFAIK, there’s no way to edit that metadata in once you’ve made your post.

So, if someone doesn’t use the Reply button in a post they’re replying to, or quote from it, there’s no way to definitively know who they are replying to without asking or hoping for exceedingly obvious context.

Similar but interesting tidbit: you may notice that posts that get replied to a lot will have a little “X Replies” tracker at the bottom of them. This works all the time, unless specifically the only reply to them is the very next post, in which case I guess that Discourse assumes you should be able to infer it is a reply, and hides the “X Replies” tracker. If there’s any gap, or more than one reply, it will show up, though.


My images might not be very helpful, but I am clicking reply at the lower right of the post itself. I can tell because the reply to at the top left of the reply box has the person’s name (like in the picture I took) but the resulting reply will just be a blank space in the upper right. I am using this very post as an example!


EDIT 2 -

I just noticed this - maybe this is what’s going on?


It would appear that my presumably informative-but-unrelated note at the bottom of my post may be key here? you are the first reply after my post, and replying directly to me, so Discourse is not showing the “X Replies” or “Reply To” tags, because it hopes users will infer we are talking directly to each other.


Yep, I think you are correct. That’s… maddening. Anyway that can be changed so EVERY reply behaves the same, not just the ones non-adjacent, perhaps?


Ah! TIL. Thanks.


Any reason that Twitter links are so much larger than they use to be?