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 notice of locking. If it is locked you will see one of the following notices below the topic description.
    Identifies the locking range for a discussion topic.Identifies the discussion topic is locked.
  3. If you believe the topic should be open, contact your instructor. 

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