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.
Select the Discussions tool from the Tool Menu of your site.
The default settings template allows you configure the default settings for all new Forums and Topics in this site.
Template Settings allow the option for all topics in Discussions to be moderated. There is also an option that requires users to post before reading.
Template Settings allow the option for all Forums to be shown immediately after they are created or based on specified open (show) and close (hide) dates.
Template Settings allow the option for conversations to be marked read automatically.
Template Settings allow the option to select permission levels within Forums based on user roles or groups 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 site or a project site, and whether or not there are any groups or custom roles in your site.
Click Save to save your settings (or Cancel to continue without saving).