Locking forum topics

Lock a forum topic when you want to prevent users from editing the topic or posting responses to it.

Before you begin

You must be the Forums administrator or the forum owner to lock or unlock a topic in a stand-alone forum. To lock or unlock a topic in a community forum, you must be a community owner or the Forums administrator.

About this task

If you do not want to lock an entire forum, you can lock forum content at topic level. For example, you might lock a forum topic when you consider the topic discussion to be complete. When you lock a forum topic, users can still view the topic but they cannot post responses to it or update existing content.

As the forum owner, you can still edit a locked topic and post replies to it even though the topic remains locked for everyone else. For example, if a topic contains inappropriate content, you can lock the topic and then delete or edit replies without having to reopen the topic.


To lock a forum topic, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the topic that you want to lock.
  2. Click Lock Topic.


The topic is marked as locked in the user interface to advise users that they can no longer contribute to the discussion.

What to do next

If you must unlock the topic at a later stage, you can do so by opening the topic and clicking Unlock Topic.