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KB1164 - Archiving a Forum (a.k.a. closing/locking)
Posted by Blair Friesen, Last modified by John Love on 12 July 2017 11:53 AM

Why? Get students to focus on current topics
How? Remove the capability to start new discussions and reply for the student role
Similar uses: Archive a glossary, wiki or database activity

Have you ever wanted to keep a forum for students to read, but prevent any more new posts or replies. Well, you can do exactly that by "Archiving" the forum.

To archive a forum, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the forum activity you wish to archive
  2. Click on the Permissions link in the Administration block
  3. In the filter field, near the top of the page, type start. (This should filter the results to show only the Start new discussions capability.)
  4. To the right of this capability, look for the word Student (NOT Student-Teacher!).
  5. Click on the X to the RIGHT of the word Student.
  6. Confirm the role change by clicking on [Remove].
  7. Use the filter field, again, so search for replypost (one word) (This should filter the results to show only the Reply to posts capability.)
  8. Repeat steps 4-6.
  9. Confirm your changes have worked switching to the student role:
    1. return to the forum page (using the Breadcrumbs at the top of the page will get you there fast).
    2. Notice that the [Add a new discussion topic] button is still visible at this point. 
    3. From the forum page, Click on Switch role to... under the Administration block, and chose Student.
    4. When the forum page refreshes, you should no longer see the [Add a new discussion topic] button.
    5. Click on any forum post, and confirm that there is no Reply link.
  10. You can now return to your normal role, using Switch role to...

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