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When I click New Item > Discussion, it correctly creates a discussion. enter image description here

However, when I click Add new discussion, it creates a message instead of a discussion. enter image description here

Note that the default content type is a discussion. enter image description here

Even if I uncheck Visible on New Button for Message, it does not solve the issue. enter image description here

Any suggested fixes apart from recreating the list?

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I tried it on SharePoint 2013 (create new discussion board) and it works exactly the same. You can change the WebPart property Toolbar Type to "Show Toolbar" and from this the New Action create Discussion too.

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Just to update, I did not find other alternative solutions and I ended up having to re-create the discussion board.

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