I don't think this adds anything of value to the forum

Agree, not very useful info. Hope it could be disabled.

I’m sure I can turn this feature off. I just can’t quite figure out which option it is in the system preferences.

i think its ok if you’d just turn them all off, what can happen much :see_no_evil:


A lot of fidelity here Steve, you can just turn it on for TL3/4 if you want, disable some of the feature in a theme component and so on.

I recommend living with it for a bit though, it helps to be nice to newbies it sets a great tone to future interactions.


PS. Hope we can all try to be nice all the time, not only to newbies…


We’re always nice to newbies here…


I try to be nice, or at least civil, to everyone here. It can be difficult at times though.


I have come to rely on this callout quite a lot now with my interactions on meta.discourse.org. It is not like I am a terrible person and incredibly rude but not to newbies. It is just that the tiny bit of extra context helps me.

This user just signed up to our site, and took the plunge and wrote a topic, I can put a tiny bit more effort into understanding the user is not aware of all the existing norms and features, say hello, say “welcome to Discourse support” and so on.

What is the setting called? I can’t find it on the admin panel

Simplest is bumping up min post notice tl to trust level 4, then only staff will see it.

If you feel super urged to remove it for everyone including staff go with .post-notice { display: none; } in all the themes.

Yeah, I don’t actually contribute at all like I used to but I’m getting too old to care what strangers on the Internet think about my tone. Especially…bah better not.

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Thanks Sam. I’ll just bump this to TL 3 and see what people think.

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@stevebaer If TL4 is staff, who’s in TL3?

As long as I’m not, I guess I should be happy, but I’m just curious.

Sorry to say this, but this is a terrible oppinion!
Any objective and critical oppinion is valuable, and it shouldn’t be up to a software or a small circle of people to decide about!

I do see the irony in it, just saying… :wink:


Late to the party here, but I actually like these messages. Reminders to be polite or forgiving to new posters are not useless.


Speaking of new posters and these meta messages, did the idea of pointing new users to e.g. “how to ask effective questions”, how to search the forum/the old GH forum etc. ever gain any traction? I feel like we keep seeing the same pattern repeat over and over again.

(It’s not a real message it’s photoshop)

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…and to make it explicit, intended as a joke.

As to experienced users I quite disagree. I even take it as somewhat insulting that the forum “automatically” thinks any of us need such a reminder or implied reminder.

IMHO this is where an automatic message might do some good if sent exclusively to first-time users to also make them aware of the forum’s expectations of civility, politeness, tolerance of inexperience and English language unfamiliarity. Sensitively worded, of course, to be welcoming but set us apart as a professional forum instead of the brutal free-for-alls that seem to exist in other circles.


If I may add a bit more flavor to this thread.
I am a very forthright person. That does not mean I am insensitive or rude.

There is a phychological study that connects lack of empathy with the language one uses.
That said, the majority of users here have English as their second or even third language. This predictates their “rudeness” due to lack of enough knowledge of the language, or link between some words (considered insulting) with emotions.

I do respect everyone in this forum but will never avoid argument for “through arguments comes the truth” (Socrates)