Look & Feel Settings: Customize Site Behavior

All the settings within Customize Site Behavior section

Path: Community Settings >> Customization >> Customize Site Behavior
This article will walk you through all the settings to customize the community behavior ( Interaction with the users). The Customize Site Behavior setting is separated in 2 major toggle sections:

Basic Settings

Advanced Settings

Customize Site Behavior: Basic

The Basic settings are further divided into the following sub-sections:

Idea Submission Settings
Idea Details Screen
User Profile Screen
Feedback Widget



Homepage Login Prompt: When turned "ON", the login box pops up, as soon as the user goes to the community login page. This switch is only visible to the private community. If the community is public this switch will not be visible under Customize Site Behavior.
Disable Up/Down Vote Count: Enabling this setting displays the votes in Scale mode instead of Net Vote Count.

Hide Net Votes: Hide the number of votes gained by an idea.
Vote Down: Disables the ability to vote an idea down. Only available when you have Up/Down Voting selected in  Global System Settings: Voting System.
Voting In List View: Displays a 'Vote' tab instead of 'Vote Up' and 'Vote Down' tabs.
When 'Voting in List View' is turned off then, any member who has not voted will see a  'Vote" link' to vote on the idea. Once the member has voted on an idea the voting arrows will display but would not be able to vote on that idea from the home page. But he can retract vote from the Idea detailed page if the option 'Allow To Retract Votes' is ON."

Idea Summary: When an Idea reaches a threshold where it will make the Idea box grow in any list view, the system automatically truncates the description and shows a more link, which will expand to the full text. This switch will turn this setting On or Off.

Show 'Off Topic' Link Alongside Campaigns: When turned ON, a category displaying 'Off Topic' ideas appears in the list of existing campaigns.

Hide Moderator List From Normal Members: Hides the Avatar of all the moderators from the members.

Allow Idea Linking: Enabling this switch will allow all members to link the ideas to one another.

Collect Geo-Location Data: When the switch is ON, the Administrator can track the Geo Location of the users provided the users have permitted their browsers to allow tracking Geolocation.

Go to Idea Details Page when clicking the 'More' Link: Ideas with large descriptions are cut short in summary view using the 'more' link. When this switch is ON, clicking on the 'more' link opens the idea in the idea detail page otherwise idea will expand on the summary page itself.

NOTE: For advanced settings under General scroll down to General (Advanced)

Idea Submission Settings

Click here to know about Idea Submission Settings in details

Idea Details Screen


Allow to Email Idea Author: This allows the moderator to email the author/owner of the idea. But, administrators are also allowed to email once they are assigned as global moderator/campaign moderators.

Click here to know how to send an email to Author in detail
Vote Activity Module: When turned ON, the vote activity stream is visible on the Idea Detail Screen.
Display Report Duplicate : Displays the report duplicate link on the ideas page and summary page in the more option. - typically visible for normal users only.

Enable Stage Timeline: It displays idea's stage progress in a timeline fashion in the idea details page below the idea description.

User Profile Screen


'Hide My Identity': When the switch is ON, the Admin permits the users to hide their identity in the Community. When OFF it disallows the ability of a user to hide their identity by updating their profile.

Note: When OFF, it also removes Hide my identity box from the registration page.



Allow Members to upload profile picture: Only after we enable this setting will the members get an option to upload a profile picture of their own.

NOTE: For advanced settings under User Profile Screen scroll down to User Profile Screen (Advanced)

Feedback Widget


Allow to Enter Tags in Feedback Widget: Allows the users to add tags to an idea via Feedback widget
Show Link to Community Homepage in Feedback Widget: Shows a link of the community in Feedback widget.



Automatically vote for own idea: When ON, Idea submitter automatically votes on own idea as soon as idea is submitted.

Customize Site Behavior: Advanced

The Advanced settings have few more settings in addition to the Basic settings in following sub-sections:

User Profile Screen

General (Advanced)


Allow To Retract Votes: This allows the member to change his vote any time after he has voted.

Campaign Dropdown: Shows Campaigns in a Dropdown menu instead of displaying the whole list.

Show end-date of each campaign in the sidebar: Shows 'End date' (Expiry date) of a campaign besides its name on the homepage.

Exclude private ideas from statistics: Enabling this will exclude all private ideas from the statistics shown in campaign activity.

Display Community Logo in Community Banner: In case you wish to see the Community Banner along with the community logo on the homepage.

Default view is Grid View: Enabling this switch displays the ideas in a grid pattern displaying more ideas at a time.

Help Article: http://support.ideascale.com/setup/grid-view-for-idea-display

User Profile Screen (Advanced)


Force Community-Wide Anonymity: When ON Hides identity of all the members in the community.

Default Value for 'Hide My Identity': When this option is enabled any new user trying to register with this community, will see Hide My Identity enabled by default on the registration page. However, users still can disable it from the registration page.

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