Blueprint course: will changes to discussion settings impact student replies in published child courses?

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Curious to know how "safe" student replies are when changing a blueprint's discussion thread setting. I would hate to push out a sync to published courses and accidentally delete student responses because I've enabled liking.

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Thanks for the shout-out  @Chris_Hofer ‌. Unless  @lindalee ‌ has any horror stories to relate in her experience, I think you're perfectly safe with enabling something as innocuous as "liking."  But let's be clear:  "Liking" is an option in a Discussion that an instructor can easy change back, even if everything imaginable in a course is otherwise locked down. The key blueprint/lock items are content, points, due date, and availability dates.  Even with ALL of those locked on a blueprint, it will not make a difference, in theory, since an instructor can easily change that option back if they spotted it and wanted to edit it again.

The one you should really worry about, however, is if you enabled the sync option to Include Course Settings and you enabled the ability (on the main Discussion or course settings) to allow students to Edit and Delete Their Own Posts.  That specific course/discussion setting will carry over upon syncing, so in theory a faculty member who otherwise has that setting disabled may suddenly find students able to delete their own posts....but not other posts, of course.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your school of thought on this), those settings can be re-enabled/disabled by the faculty member quite easily, as those settings are NOT lockable in blueprints.  So if you enabled the course-wide setting to allow students to edit/delete their own posts, the faculty member can change it back, but by then it may be too late and a student could have conceivably deleted their own reply. (But not other student's replies, of course.)

A long answer, I'm afraid, but I just want to make sure you're aware of this difference with discussion settings versus discussion options.  I hope this helps a bit,  @perryyee  .

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