davwheat Virtual Authors

davwheat Virtual Authors davwheat/virtual-authors

Specify virtual authors for discussions on your forum, with credits for each.


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davwheat Virtual Authors

This is a premium extension, which you can subscribe to on Extiverse. All plans come with a 14 day free trial so you can see if the extension is a match for you and your forum. Cancel within this period with no questions asked.

If you wish to purchase a lifetime license, please get in touch: [email protected].

This extension is also compatible with v17development/flarum-blog.


Virtual Authors is a Flarum extension which allows you to specify one or more 'virtual authors' for a discussion, and attribute specific credit to them.

This is useful for a Flarum instance which posts stories created by users, or art projects, where multiple people may need to be attributed credit for a piece of work.

What are 'Virtual Authors'?

'Virtual Authors' are models you can create to assign credit to people for their contribution to a discussion.


You can create and edit Virtual Authors on Flarum admin dashboard:

These virtual authors can then be assigned to discussions through the controls dropdown:

From the panel at the top of discussions with Virtual Authors set, you can view all discussion which a specific author has contributed to. This page also contains a discussion count, and the Virtual Author's description:


Show link to all discussions by a virtual author in the 'Authors' box

This toggles the link from the 'Authors' box at the top of a discussion to the virtual author's page listing their discussions.

Show authors in sidebar instead of above first post

This toggles the location of the 'Authors' pane on discussions. This can be set to the discussion sidebar, or above the first post.

Show badge on discussions with Virtual Authors

This toggles the badge shown on discussions with virtual authors.


This extension is compatible with the Flarum Blog extension, by v17-development.

Future development

If desired, there is an opportunity to allow this extension to also provide the ability to set virtual authors for individual posts instead of discussions.

I don't require this feature for my use case, but if you'd like to sponsor its development, feel free to get in touch: [email protected].



  • Version 0.3.8.

    Likely works with Flarum v1.8.5.

  • 10 additional versions.
  • Extension created.