Discourse 1.3 Released

Discussion in 'Forum Software Development' started by tomk, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. tomk

    tomk Adherent


    You may not like the radical change they are attempting, or the layout/design of their forum, but these guys continue to impress me for sure!

    I for one like the shorter development cycles Discourse uses compared to the 1 to 4 year cycles others like XenForo 2, IPB 4, etc, follow. Not sure how they do it, considering they have a small team of developers, I think 3 (?), are they that much more talented/experienced over their competition or is it easier since they started with a blank page a couple of years ago?

    Either way Jeff and team, keep it going, you guys are doing amazing!

    AWS did you ever deploy Discourse on a production site yet? What do you think of the 1.3 release? I value your opinion!
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2015
  2. TimWolla

    TimWolla Developer

    They have a massive amount of independent developers creating pull requests: https://github.com/discourse/discourse/pulse/monthly and they are not bound by the limitations of the average hosting company providing PHP versions that were released years ago.
  3. LeadCrow

    LeadCrow Apocalypse Admin

    Desktop notifications finally going mainstream?
    ...and it's official, forums stopped being killed by Facebook and mobile apps.
  4. Putnam

    Putnam Oh you know...

    I am using Discourse on my website, I found out about it while searching for a commenting solution. Each comment section of each page of my website is actually just a 'Topic' in the "Comments' category of my website. You can check it out in action via the links in my signature.
  5. Azareal

    Azareal The AtomBB Overlord

    Oh nice, they seem to have changed their policy of charging you a huge pile of money for the importers. That's good.

    Have you noticed how most Discourse Forums happen to look incredibly similar to each other? They have more or less thrown theme customisability off the bridge.

    Weren't there ten or so developers? Or did they end up firing some people?

    Well, they have a fair bit of venture capital funding, and some big organisations seem to have bought into the Discourse Vision and are forking over large piles of money to them.
  6. rafalp

    rafalp Desu Ex

    Eh, most of their users happen to be corporatey enough to stick to making navbar match their branding and thats it. Only some gaming sites bothered to do some bold color changes.

    You could customize Discourse appearance via Ember-Addons mechanic, but that requires some Ember-fu and Discourse internals knowledge.
  7. SAFAD

    SAFAD Developer

    And this is exactly why it is gaining traction (not the main reason tho)
    It looks and feels like Facebook, and any fanboy with the "Next Facebook" or "Facebook Killer" appeals him...

    other than being used as a QA solution, I do not see discourse as a forum software at all
  8. tomk

    tomk Adherent

    Not a Discourse 'fanboy', but not a single deployment here is a QA site as far as I can tell.

  9. esquire

    esquire Habitué

    Never cared for it. And then there is the course. I remember when sitepoint converted and that's when my activity there basically ended after a short moment of rekindling.
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