Students: Prevent Email Copies of Forum Posts

DiscussionMoodle provides the option for you to "subscribe" to discussion forums so that you will receive an email whenever someone posts a message in that forum. If you do not wish to receive these emails, you can prevent them by changing your Profile and/or Forum settings. (See note below regarding messages sent by an instructor via the Announcements forum.)

Disable Auto-Subscribe

Note: Prior to Fall term 2015, the Moodle profile default was set to auto-subscribe you to a forum once you posted to it. Accounts created since May 2015 do not have this setting by default.

If you have an older account and are getting lots of email from forums, you can disable this setting (and stop future automatic subscriptions) by using the following instructions:

  1. Open the drop-down menu next to your name in the top right corner of the Moodle page.
  2. Click on Preferences.
  3. Click on the Forum preferences link under User account in the left column.
  4. Locate the Forum Auto-Subscribe field and use the pull-down menu to change the setting to No: don't automatically subscribe me to forums.

This setting will apply to future forums in which you post in all of your course sites. If you are currently subscribed to a forum, you must unsubscribe yourself as shown below. Note: These steps need to be taken in all of your current courses where you have posted to a discussion forum and generated a subscription.

Ping!Bonus Tip: Set the Forum tracking option to Yes, highlight new posts for me. This setting indicates when new messages have been posted by your instructor and classmates.

UnsubscribeUnsubscribe from Currently Subscribed Forums

Unlike updating your profile which effects this change for all of your courses, this process needs to be completed in each of your current courses where you have participated in a discussion forum.

To unsubscribe from a forum:

  1. Open the forum.
  2. Click on Unsubscribe from this forum in the Settings block.

Ding!Bonus Tip: In "Advanced forums," you can also see who has posted to a forum by clicking on View posters.

Optional Subscriptions

SubscribeWhen you post to a discussion forum, your instructor may give you the option of subscribing to it. To subscribe, click on the link in the Settings block.

Some forums may be set up so that everyone is subscribed without having the option to unsubscribe. Ask your instructor if you have questions about a particular forum.

Note: The Announcements Forum is the one forum from which you cannot unsubscribe. Instructors use this forum to communicate important information about the course, so everyone in the course will receive an email when the instructor posts to this forum. It's helpful to know, too, that this is not a true forum—it's a form of one-way communication for instructors to post announcements for course participants. You cannot reply to an Announcements forum posting.