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Topics are called topics because the original [[post]] and its replies are meant to contain just one topic of discussion. On many forum [[board]]s, introducing "off-topic" information is considered rude. The topic's original poster (starter) usually defines what is and isn't "on topic."
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Topics (often called threads) are collections of messages grouped together under a common title, intended to reflect a single topic of discussion. Topics may have [[poll]s and/or [[calendar]] events attached to them.
  
On some forums, the administrator has given the topic's original poster (the [[member]] who made the first post) elevated permissions within the topics they start, making them an "owner" of the topic.
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The original poster, is the [[member]]s who opened the topic, making the first post in the topic. Sometimes, an [[Administrator]] may give elevated permissions to the member who started the topic.
  
[[Poll]]s and [[calendar]] events can be tied to topics, and topics can be made [[sticky]] or [[locked topic|locked]]. Topics are always posted within one and only one [[board]], and are subject to various forms of moderation.
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Topics can have the following states:
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*'''[[Sticky]]''': This state indicates that a topic contains important information, or information that may be useful to the subject of the board.
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*'''[[Locked topic|Locked]]''': This state locks the topic down so only privileged people can reply to it. Common uses for this state are indicating that a discussion is unwanted, or that a conclusion has been made out of a discussion.
  
By default the number of topics is limited to 16,777,216.
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The default cap of topics in SMF is 16,777,216 topics.
  
 
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Revision as of 11:25, 27 October 2013

Topics (often called threads) are collections of messages grouped together under a common title, intended to reflect a single topic of discussion. Topics may have [[poll]s and/or calendar events attached to them.

The original poster, is the members who opened the topic, making the first post in the topic. Sometimes, an Administrator may give elevated permissions to the member who started the topic.

Topics can have the following states:

  • Sticky: This state indicates that a topic contains important information, or information that may be useful to the subject of the board.
  • Locked: This state locks the topic down so only privileged people can reply to it. Common uses for this state are indicating that a discussion is unwanted, or that a conclusion has been made out of a discussion.

The default cap of topics in SMF is 16,777,216 topics.