Granting higher permissions to top contributors

Repository administrators can promote any community member to a moderator and maintainer.


The most helpful contributors for the past 30 days are highlighted on the GitHub Discussions dashboard, based on how many comments were marked as answers by other community members. Helpful contributors can help drive a healthy community and moderate and guide the community space in addition to maintainers.

Step 1: Audit your GitHub Discussions top contributors

  1. On, navigate to the main page of the repository.
  2. Under your repository name, click Discussions. "Discussions" tab for a repository
  3. Compare the list of contributors with their access permissions to see who qualifies to moderate the discussion.

Step 2: Review permission levels for GitHub Discussions

People with triage permissions for a repository can help moderate a project's discussions by marking comments as answers, locking discussions that are not longer useful or are damaging to the community, and converting issues to discussions when an idea is still in the early stages of development. For more information, see "Moderating discussions."

For more information about repository permission levels and GitHub Discussions, see "Repository permissions levels for an organization."

Step 3: Change permissions levels for top contributors

You can change a contributor's permission levels to give them more access to the tooling they need to moderate GitHub Discussions. To change a person's or team's permission levels, see "Managing teams and people with access to your repository."

Step 4: Notify community members of elevated access

When you change a collaborators permission level, they will receive a notification for the change.

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