Tip: 4 reasons to log in every day

Our community platform lets you join discussions by email, but the real magic happens when you start logging in every day.

Don’t believe in magic? Read on to sneak a peek behind the curtain and learn four easy magic tricks that will astound and amaze you! :circus_tent:

1. Stay on top of activity related to YOU

When someone replies to your post, quotes your post, or mentions your @username, a number will immediately appear at the top right of the page. Use it to access your notifications.

Don’t worry about missing a reply – you’ll be emailed direct replies (and even private messages) if you aren’t online when they are posted.

It helps to make a habit of logging in once or twice a day to check your notifications, or keep discourse open in another tab as you work and check it from time to time. When you get an email from discourse, follow the link to read the topic online to see it in context before you reply.

2. Show your appreciation with a :heartbeat:!

There are action buttons at the bottom of each post.

To let someone know that you enjoyed their post, use the like button. If you see a problem with a post, privately let them, or our moderators, know about it with the flag button.

You can also share a link to a post, or bookmark it for later reference on your user page.

3. Write thoughtfully crafted replies

  • To reply to the overall topic, use the Reply button at the very bottom of the page.

  • To reply to a specific post, use the Reply button on that post.

  • To take the conversation in a different direction, but keep them linked together, use Reply as linked Topic to the right of the post. A link to your related topic will be displayed in right next to the post, as well as in the summary of the post at the top. There will be a link back next to the new topic as well.

To quote someone in your reply, select the text you wish to quote, then press any Reply button.

To ping someone in your reply, mention their name. Type @ and an autocompleter will pop up.

For adding smileys, just start typing : :smile:

4. Embed video directly in your posts

Just copy/paste a youtube video directly in your post, on its own line, and it will automatically be displayed.

For example, pasting in this YouTube URL on its own line:


Displays this video:

This method works for all sorts of media including pictures, wikipedia pages, twitter posts, and other discussion topics. Try it!