Unable to See Start a New Thread Button

If a discussion topic is available and unlocked, you should see a button labeled "Start a New Thread."

If you can access a discussion but can’t start a new thread in it, the discussion’s permissions are set so that the discussion is available for viewing but is locked and not available for posting. 

Shows the Start New Thread button


  1. To confirm, go to the discussion.

  2. Look for a message indicating that access or submission to the forum or topic is restricted. If either is restricted you will see a message indicating that either access or submissions are restricted at the current time.

    Identifies the locking range for a discussion topic.

  3. If you believe the topic should be open, contact your instructor. 

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