How to moderate a topic in SMF

To moderate a topic, you must have moderator or administrator priviledges.

1) Browse to any post.
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The moderator options are down here at the bottom of the page.
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2) Let’s start by locking this topic.

This topic is now locked, as indicated by the padlock icon here. Regular members will be unable to post in a locked topic.
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3) Let’s make the topic a sticky now.
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A Sticky Topic will always float to the top of the post list.

If a topic is similar to another discussion in the forum, you can merge them into a single topic.

4) Click Merge Topics.

5) Select the board containing the topic this one should be merged with.
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6) Choose the Target Topic.
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7) Make sure the topics selected are the correct ones to be merged. Then click Merge Topics.
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Let’s view our Newly Merged Topic.
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Here are the posts from both topics.
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Now let’s do the opposite and see how to split a topic.

8) Click Split Topic.

9) Specify how you’d like to split this topic, then click Split Topic.
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10) Let’s view our New Topic.
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Sometimes you may need to edit a post for a user.

11) Use this Edit icon to do so.
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12) Make any changes then click Save.
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13) Use this link to remove a post.
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Make sure you really want to delete the post because it cannot be recovered once it’s gone.
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14) Use Remove Topic to delete the entire topic and all its posts.
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This concludes the demonstration. You now know how to moderate a topic in SMF.

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