Forum Guide

Welcome! As a new user of Discourse, we hope you will find this site intuitive and clearly structured, but first of all here is some guidance to get you started:

Basic Terms Used by Discourse

General Informtion
  • Topic: The collection of messages grouped together in a meaningful conversation, with a title, listed in a category, beginning with an Original Post, and including all replies in chronological order.

  • Post: Each element of a topic is referred to as a post. Each post has its own author and can be moved to a different topic if necessary, or even become the start of a new topic.

  • Original Post (or OP): The first post in any topic. This is key since it determines the focus of the topic and is what the title and tags will link to.

  • Category: The primary means of organizing topics. Each topic is placed in exactly one category. Categories have permissions which can restrict which users can create, reply, and see its topics. You can also configure notification preferences per category or even mute them as explained below. Categories are a similar concept to a ‘forum’ on other sites.

  • Tag: A marker placed on a topic to describe it. While a topic can only have one category, it can have multiple tags.

  • User: Discourse sites may be private or public for anyone to read, but you will always be required to register in order to create posts and record any actions such as bookmarking, liking, tagging, and flagging. Most site activity, therefore, is based around registered Users

Names of user interface elements in Discourse

The hidden Home button

image The WarThunder Logo also works as home button. By pressing it you will find yourself ins the Home screen again.

How to use the Forum Filter

imageIf you want to search for a Topic or just want to go to e specific place, you can use the Navigation bar. With that you are able to Filter the Forum quickly.

Information about the UI


After you have opend the Topic, you have some Option.

  1. Titel of the Topic
  2. The categorie were where the topic is located.
  3. Post Action Buttons - if you reach a higher Trust level, additional Action buttons will be “unlocked” If you want to know more about the Trust level look here - Soonish TM
  4. Reply button
  5. Progress bar
Notifications / Avatar Menu


  1. Notification in general - all notifications
  2. Unseen Notification - only @ mention and reply to a wached topic
  3. Like
  4. Private Messages
  6. Other Notifications
  7. Profil Informations
Topic notifications

You can change your notification level for any individual topic via the notification control at the bottom of each topic:


You can change your notification level for any individual categories via the notification control at the top right of each cathegorie

Taking Part in Conversations

How to create a Topic


To create a Topic you must fill some informations.

  1. Titel of the Topic
  2. Cathegorie and following tacs
  3. Formatting menu
  4. Input Pane (input screen/area, left)) and Post Preview (right)
  5. reply button
How to reply

Press any “Reply” button to open the editor panel at the bottom of your browser. You can continue reading (and even search or navigate to different topics) while you compose your reply.

Discourse shows all posts in the order they are published. It does not make you chase down multiple threaded paths. However, it still gives you lots of ways to follow the context of conversations.

To reply to a specific post in a topic, clicking the grey Reply button at the end of each post and your reply is linked to that post.

  • If your reply is the next one published after the post you are replying to, this will appear next in chronological order
  • If yours is NOT next, then two things happen after your post is published:
    • Your post will include a new link in its header with an image to show what this is ‘in reply to’ - clicking this link displays that previous post for context next to your reply
    • The original post includes a count of replies at the bottom - clicking this link displays the content of the replies


how to edit your post

On your Action button you should see a pencil. By pressing it, you can edit your comment.


Drafts will automatically be saved as you write. If you minimise the editor or navigate to a different topic, the editor might disappear. To open a draft, return to the topic you were replying to or click the highlighted bar at the bottom of your browser, and the editor will reappear with your draft. If you forgot were you was replying, you can find all your Drafst on your Profil


Quoting and Mentioning


To insert a quote, select the text you wish to quote, then press the Quote button that pops up. There is no need to quote a whole message: it helps to be specific. Repeat this for multiple quotes even from different posts and different users. The quoted text will point to their original source.




To notify someone about your reply, mention their name. Type @ to begin selecting a username. This search will also search the name fields in case you don’t know a particular username.


Your reply can be formatted using simple HTML, BBCode, or Markdown:

This is <b>bold</b>.
This is [b]bold[/b].
This is **bold**.

More Options are hidden on the setting button


For any Option here a exaple (It is from top to bottom)


How to write a Private Message

How to write a Private Meesage

If you want contact a User or a Moderator per Private Message follow these steps:

Click on the User you want send private Message



  1. Name of the User you will contact
  2. The Titel of the Privat Message
  3. Optional Tags
  4. Write the content
  5. Mesage button
How to answer a Private Meesage

When someone send you a Private Message you will get notified in following way



You can simply answer them by using the reply button.

You can find all your Private Meesage on your Profil
Screenshot 2023-06-20 154318

How to create a Poll

How to create a Poll

How to create a Poll]
Here is the code for a basic Yes/No poll (all you need to do it copy this and change the TITLE to the name of your suggestion):

[poll type=regular results=always chartType=bar]
* Yes
* No

How to find where to make a poll if you want to make more adjustments:

How to add a poll with images:

When creating a post you can go to the top right and click the gear to find the Build Poll option.

This window will open up and then click on the gear on the bottom right to open more options.

Once you click on the gear more options will appear and make sure to fill out the options correctly with your suggest.
credits to @Thatz