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#1 SDS

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Posted 11 May 2016 - 09:15 AM

Discourse is an open source software platform that has the goal of being the WordPress for discussion communities within 10 years (as of 2 years ago). It is a very modern platform that is markedly different than IPB, vBulletin, Xenforo, phpBB, etc... As such, it has the potential for system shock in any changeover.

 

Sitepoint is a large website that immediately adopted the software when it was released. Their forums are here:

 

https://www.sitepoint.com/community

 

Their explanation on why they switched gives a coherent explanation of why they switched:

 

http://www.sitepoint...s-to-discourse/

 

Other reviews of Discourse:

 

https://www.ostraini...eral/discourse/

http://www.jonobacon...rom-themselves/

 

Discourse site:

 

http://www.discourse.org/

 

Current users (some pretty big names here for a new platform):

 

http://www.discourse.../faq/customers/

 

I expect most people to scoff at any such notion of drastic change, since no one really likes change. But, I'd like to people to take a step back from any knee jerk reactions and take a look a thorough look at the platform, the reasoning why they claim to be better and the examples themselves and let me know what you think.

 



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Posted 11 May 2016 - 09:29 AM

It looks interesting.

So the categories, would replace the sub forums?

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Posted 11 May 2016 - 09:33 AM

Sitepoint's implementation is pretty bad imo. I think the benefit for discourse is the flexibility it offers in presentation. I like it on other sites I visit. In most cases, it seems to be article comments of some sort. 

 

I think discourse is a good choice, but it depends on the presentation experience for the end user. The backend benefits are pretty clear.



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Posted 11 May 2016 - 09:35 AM

Sitepoint's implementation is pretty bad imo. I think the benefit for discourse is the flexibility it offers in presentation. I like it on other sites I visit. In most cases, it seems to be article comments of some sort. 

 

I think discourse is a good choice, but it depends on the presentation experience for the end user. The backend benefits are pretty clear.

 

Can you link to implementations that you like?



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Posted 12 May 2016 - 09:30 AM

 

Can you link to implementations that you like?

 

Turns out I confused Disqus and discourse. However, I think these two are alright. 

 

https://community.muselive.com/- the alternating colors for the posts helps a lot

http://forum.driveonwood.com/- the extra spacing and dropping the "users" column makes it easier to read imo



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Posted 16 May 2016 - 07:01 AM

So do you envision this as a clean install SDS, or will the current site and content be ported over to the new site?