What are filters?
  • 21 Jun 2022
  • 1 minute to read

What are filters?

Article Summary

Filters allow you to specify behaviours for how content is treated on your site. For example, you can set up a filter to censor specific words or phrases, allow multimedia to be added in content areas, or automatically link terms to glossary entries.

As a Site Administrator you can enable filters across the site via Quick-access > Plugins > Filters > Manage filters.

Manage filters

To manage the filters used on your site, go to Quick-access menu > Plugins > Filters > Manage filters

Here you can see all of the available filters on the site, and perform a range of actions, including:

  • Enabling/disabling filter using the Active? column
  • Rearranging filters using the arrows in the Order column
  • Choosing which content is affected by each filter using the Apply to column
  • Configuring the filter with the Settings column
  • Removing the filter from the site with the Uninstall column

Word censorship 

By using the Word censorship filter you can create a list of 'bad words' that will be censored in a number of Totara Learn features. When applied, users will see two asterisks (**) instead of the censored word(s). If there is a partial match, e.g. the censored word has been used in an extended form, then only the part included in the list will be covered by the asterisk. If there is a partial match where the user hasn't quite typed the full word, or has misspelled it, this will not be censored unless you have included this variation in the list of bad words.

The Site Administrator will not see asterisks, and will always see the censored words. 

This filter does not work with Totara Perform or Totara Engage content, only with content from Totara Learn. Additionally it will not censor tags, course topic names, or forum subjects. It will censor other content, including messages in the chat feature or forum posts. It will also censor content included in course and forum descriptions. 

There is no case sensitivity, so the filter will pick up on censored words regardless of the capitalisation used.

To set the list of censored words, click the Settings link for the Word censorship filter on the Manage filters page.

C012 - Plugins and advanced features(1)The Totara Academy has a course dedicated to using Plugins and advanced features in Totara. Here you can learn more, see best practice, give it a go yourself.

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