Are you aware of the 'Trust Levels'?

This type of Forum (Discourse) uses ‘Trust Levels’ to self regulate to a certain extend.
Everybody starts as ‘New User’ (even if you have been for years on the old Forum).
Depending how often and regular you visit, post etc. you will get ‘promoted’ up the levels.

If you find that you can’t:

  • Send personal messages to other users
  • “Reply as new topic” via Link button
  • Flag posts
  • Post more than 1 image
  • Post any attachments
  • Post more than 2 hyperlinks in a post
  • Have actual links in the ‘about me’ field of their profile (will be silently and temporarily converted to plain text)
  • Mention more than 2 users in a post
  • Post more than 3 topics
  • Post more than 10 replies
  • Edit your own posts after more than 24 hours

You are still classed as ‘New User’. If you spend a little time browsing/using the Forum you will soon get ‘promoted’ and then can do all these things.

You can find more info here:

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