Locking a discussion forum or topic

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Locking a topic prevents users from creating new posts or modifying existing posts, essentially making the conversation “read only”. Users with permission can modify the contents of a locked topic. Locking a topic is an effective way of closing a conversation while allowing users to refer back to posts.

You can specify start and end dates for when a forum or topic unlocks so you can set things up ahead of time to match your course’s calendar.

Tip Consider locking a topic to end a conversation, then using a pinned summary post inside the topic. When users access the topic, your summary appears at the top.

Lock a forum or topic

  1. On the Discussions List page, click Edit from the context menu of the forum or topic you want to hide. You can also set visibility options when creating a new forum or topic.
  2. In the Locking Options section of the Properties tab, select the options you want:
    • To lock the forum or topic immediately, select Lock forum or Lock topic. The forum or topic remains locked until you select Unlock forum or Unlock topic again.
    • To open the forum or topic within a date range, select Unlock forum for a specific date range or Unlock topic for a specific date range, then select Has Start Date or Has End Date to specify the dates.
  3. Click Save.

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