List of updates made!

Changed the Discourse trust level names
- Basic → Participant
- Member → Contributor

Added logos and favicons

Changed the color of the summary email to match #NYCEDU green

Hid user cards from the public

Added the following theme components
- Table of Contents for posts like
- Category banners so that people always know what category they’re reading

Added a banner topic to explain what #NYCEDU is. People can hit the x on the upper right to delete it. See for details.

Also styled the banner following these instructions

Added a Personal Pronouns" user field. Used the following resource when deciding on the use of “Personal Pronouns” for the title and description of the user field.

Added #NYCEDU logo to the header of the forum.


Created the Welcome message new users get immediately upon sign-up.

Hi and welcome to #NYCEDU!

Start by learning all about your new community at First time here? Welcome! .

P.S. For a few quick tips on getting started as a new user, check out this blog post.

As you participate here, we’ll get to know you, and temporary new user limitations will be lifted. Over time you’ll gain trust levels that include special abilities to help us manage our community together.

For even more tips, click to start our interactive new user tutorial.


Made it clearer how to sign up by making the mobile button “Sign Up / Log In”

Added Tag Icons Theme Component

Changed the title of the summary email to #NYCEDU Highlights. I then changed it to Forum Highlights! We can play with it to see what’s more appealing :slightly_smiling_face:


Link to change is here:

I also changed the From field so that it just says “#NYCEDU”. Search user_notifications.digest.from in customize text to reach this setting.

By default, Discourse has a page called “FAQ” that was really the community guidelines.

I followed the directions below to change the default “FAQ” name to “guidelines instead”.

Meanwhile, I redirected the FAQ to the Guidelines page.

Turned on Page Publishing

Added Checklist Plug-in