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Copying a discussion forum, topic, thread, or post

Copying a forum

Copying a forum creates a new forum with the same properties as the original. You can copy the forum’s topics and any pinned threads within those topics. Copying a forum does not copy any normal, unpinned threads inside the forum’s topics; however you can copy or move individual threads from existing topics once you create the new topics.

Copy a forum

  1. On the Discussions List page, click Copy from the More Actions button.
  2. Click Copy a Forum.
  3. Select the forum you want to copy from the Forum to Copy drop-down list.
  4. In the New Forum Title field, enter a name for the copied forum.
  5. Select your Copy Options:
    • Copy topics Select this option to copy all of the topics inside the forum; this creates new topics with the same titles and properties as the existing ones.
    • Copy pinned threads If you choose to copy topics, select this option to copy any pinned threads within those topics. If you use pinned threads to post information about a topic (rules, evaluation criteria, etc.), you should copy these threads along with the topics.
  6. Click Copy. See Creating discussion forums and topics for information on how to customize the settings of your copied forum.

Copying a topic

Copying a topic creates a new topic with the same properties as the original. Links to grade items or competency activities are not copied. You can choose to copy pinned threads along with the topic. Copying a topic does not copy any normal, unpinned threads inside the topic; however you can copy or move individual threads from inside the existing topic after you create the new topic. See Copying or moving a discussion thread or post for more information.

If you want to copy topics into another course offering, see Copying course components between org units. If you want to move a topic from one forum to another, click Edit Topic from the context menu of the topic you want to move, then select the desired forum from the Forum drop-down list in the Properties tab.

Copy a topic

  1. On the Discussions List page, click Copy from the More Actions button.
  2. Click Copy a Topic.
  3. Select the forum that contains the topic you want to copy from the Forum to Copy drop-down list.
  4. Select the Topic to Copy from the drop-down list.
  5. In the New Topic Title field, enter a name for the copied topic.
  6. In the Copy Destination list, select the forum you want to copy the topic to. If you select multiple forums, each forum creates a copy of the topic.
  7. Select the Copy pinned threads check box if you want to copy pinned threads into the new topic. Select this if you use pinned threads to provide information and instructions about the topic.
  8. Click Copy. See Creating discussion forums and topics for information on how to customize the settings of your copied topic.

Copying or moving a discussion thread or post

Discussion threads and posts can be moved to topics other than the original topic they are posted to. If you think a thread or post belongs in a different topic, you can move it by copying it and choosing the option to delete the original thread or post. If a thread or post is applicable to more than one topic, you can copy it into as many other topics as you want.

Copy or move a thread

  1. Click Copy Thread from the thread's context menu.
  2. Select where you want to copy the thread to in the Destination Forum and Destination Topic drop-down lists.
  3. Select addition Copy Options:
    • Select the Copy replies check box to copy replies to the thread.
    • Select the Delete original post after copy completes check box to delete the original post in the thread after the copy completes.

      Important If you choose to delete the original thread post and do not choose to copy its replies, the system will delete any replies made to the thread.

  4. Click Copy.

Copy or move a post

  1. Click Copy Post from the post's context menu.
  2. Select where you want to copy the post to in the Destination Forum and Destination Topic drop-down lists.
  3. Select addition Copy Options:
    • Select the Copy replies check box to copy replies to the thread.
    • Select the Delete original post after copy completes check box to delete the original post after the copy completes.

      Important If you choose to delete the original post and do not choose to copy its replies, the system will delete any replies made to the post.

  4. Click Copy.

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