How do I modify forum template settings?
Template Settings control the default settings of each created forum. These settings can be overridden for a specific forum or topic, but must be manually changed after the default settings template is created.
Go to Forums.
Select the Forums tool from the Tool Menu of your site.
Choose Forum Posting settings.
Choose Availability settings.
Choose if messages are marked "read".
Select role permissions.
Template Settings allows the option to select permission levels within Forums based on user roles within the site. User roles can be given the title of Author, Contributor, None, Nonediting Author, Owner, Reviewer, and Custom. In the Customize drop-down menu, the check boxes are automatically selected based on the permission level selected. If the check boxes are manually chosen, this fulfills the Custom Permission Level.
Note: You may see different roles depending on whether your site is a course or a project, and whether or not there are any additional or custom roles in your local instance. For more information, see What are Permissions and Roles?