How to Manage Threads in Vanilla Forums

Five Methods:Move / Re-categorize a ThreadDelete a ThreadSink a ThreadAnnounce a ThreadClose / Lock a Thread

Vanilla forums gives you several options to manage threads including: delete, sink, announce, and move. In most Vanilla communities, doing these actions will require moderator or administrator status. Here is how you can do each action.

Steps

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    Find the moderator options for your vanilla forums. Each Vanilla community will place these buttons in different locations, but they will typically be in any of the following locations:
    • The options dropdown button on the discussion or category page of the forum.
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    • The moderator options as seen on the top of a thread.
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Method 1
Move / Re-categorize a Thread

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    Move or re-categorize a thread in a Vanilla forum by using the edit button. Go to the moderator options on the discussion page or the very top of the thread and press "edit". Note that if you are within the thread itself, you must press edit on the original post, not on the reply posts.
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    Use the categorization drop down menu to re-categorize. This will move the thread into a new forum and not leave a shadow in the old one.

Method 2
Delete a Thread

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    Go to the moderator options as described above and press delete.
    • Note that if you are deleting from within the thread (rather than from the discussion or category page), you will need to press delete on the original post. Otherwise you will end up deleting just an individual post and not the entire thread.
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Method 3
Sink a Thread

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    Go to the moderation options as described above. Press sink on the original post.
    • Sink stops a discussion from being 'bumped' back to the top of the list when new comments are added. This allows moderators to quietly cause a discussion to lose steam without stirring unrest by forcefully closing it.[1]
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    • Press "un-sink" in the same location if you ever wish to return the thread to normal status.
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Method 4
Announce a Thread

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    Go to the moderation options as described above, press announce.
    • Uncheck this box when you don't want announce the thread anymore.
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Method 5
Close / Lock a Thread

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    Go to the moderation options as described above, press close.
    • Closing a discussion locks the thread from further commenting.
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Article Info

Categories: Vanilla Forums