Just joined and can't post more than 4 posts? Question about user levels

Hi guys,

@leon just joined the forum and separately asked me why the site stopped him when he tried to post his 5th post in a day. I thought the answer will benefit everyone so I’m re-posting my answer here:

This forum runs on Discourse and there are 4 user trust levels: 0 (New) → 1 (Basic) → 2 (Member) → 3 (Regular) → 4 (Leader). Users who just signed up are New users (level 0) and have limited access to the site’s features so as to familiarize them slowly to the UI and also to protect the community (from say, drive-by spam shooters).

Users at trust level 0 cannot…

  • Send private messages to other users
  • “Reply as new topic” via Link button (UI removed)
  • Flag posts
  • Post more than 1 image
  • Post any attachments
  • Post more than 2 hyperlinks in a post
  • Have actual links in the ‘about me’ field of their profile (will be silently and temporarily converted to plain text)
  • Mention more than 2 users in a post

But don’t worry! You’ll get to the next user level (user level 1) fast if you use the site often:

  • entering at least 5 topics
  • reading at least 30 posts
  • spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts

Read more here:

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Thanks @Jason ! :grinning:

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