Prompted by this thread on XF.com I started researching more into discourse this afternoon and I'm quite impressed with what I've been reading. Here's what I wrote in the that thread to begin with, and then after I had done some more research along with a few extra thoughts I had when creating this post: I think it's pretty good, and has a fair few decent built in features than XF lacks. I've seen some very good active forums built on it. There's a good built in newsletter that sends out emails with recent topics, and it even includes images, providing quite an enticing email to encourage users to click through and visit. It's got desktop browser notifications. I like that you can include emoji just by typing shortcodes and it will auto suggest and complete them for you. The link expansion can be quite useful. Built in community moderation is useful. It's got a decent chat plugin that works quite well and follows you around in the nav bar so you can access it from any page. I never noticed the official App before, that looks good and enables push on mobile. Something we're sorely lacking on XF sites. It looks like it only works for Discourse hosted forums though. Not cheap to go the hosted route at $1200 a year. But they managed to get a lot of the basics for a cross platform message board working really well, and a ton of useful features out of the box, if the app is good that could end up being pretty good value. It looks like they've got a decent selection of 1st party plugins now too that I hadn't seen before Standard: Akismet anti-spam Solved — mark a reply as the solution Slack — real time chat notifications Cakeday — celebrate join date or birthday Google AdSense / DFP Patreon integration Advanced: Data Explorer — run live SQL queries and ad-hoc reports Assignment — assign a topic to staff for handling Topic Voting — vote up favorite topics Staff Notes — annotate user accounts Canned Replies — automate common staff replies MathJax — detailed math annotations General oAuth 2.0 and LinkedIn login support The app will by why it's taking off on on mobile communities, looks like they've added better oboarding to it in the latest release too, another good feature. I remember when they first started out 5 years ago, it was only a small 2 man team, it seems they're growing pretty darn fast with 20 employees now. I decided to look through Wikipedia an seems their hosting model is working pretty well for them, as of 8 months ago they were taking in $125k per month and anticipated being at $160K per month by 2018. (Interesting read with lots of real numbers about the company as they grew) Good quote here too on how they perceive themselves growing into the WordPress of communities. Sounds like a good idea. Some interesting info on the app here, it looks like it uses OneSignal for Push. Honestly, after doing all this research and realising they have a mobile app I'd make them a serious contender if I was starting a new community. If they end up with a plugin repo as good as WordPress it could end up being fantastic. The only thing I see it currently lacking to really compete with Facebook Groups is that there's no video upload and after reading some recent threads on their forum it doesn't seem to be something they're looking to add to the core of the hosted platform imminently. I wonder what Digitalpoint's commercial forum cookie tracker would look like if it included Discourse. The problem is it would have have to only track sites hosted on the Discourse servers, as the software is free and open source so there will be a lot of non-commercial sites out there. To be accurate it would need to only count the hosted the commercial hosted ones.