Discussion in 'Discourse' started by CarpCharacin, Oct 8, 2016.
Speak of the devil.
What do you mean? There is always the edge case where switching is better.
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He mean switch to Misago is the best .
The price is right for the software! $0.00
This. VB5 actually made a couple of dozen members leave a forum I frequent, because it sucks so bad I don't even know any fitting expletives. Our community is active *despite* VB5, which speaks volumes about the engagement of members. There are daily complaints about the software, but pragmatic reasons have pushed the planned migration to another platform further into the future for years.
I personally don't like the discourse the reason being lot of content at the bottom gets stuck with the parallax loading. And it's one of the worst features of the discourse. Adding important pages at the bottom and then using parallax loading is not worth it. I prefer flarum instead, which is lot easier to use.
I use it because I like it. It's clean and simple to use as a member and as an admin it has a host of features I find useful, like their automated spam blocking and their recently redesigned moderation queue. Their metrics dashboard is also the best one I've seen for forum admin (of Vbulletin, Xenforo and Lithium). Also I found setup to be remarkably easy on a digitalocean, which was reasonably cheap hosting wise as well.
I also like the fact that it's still being actively developed with regular updates, yes Jeff very much has his own oppinions about what a forum should do but generally him and the team have steered things in a direction I approve of. Just for example the recent release has a thing where it tells mods and trusted users if someone hasn't posted in a while and comes back to post so you can make sure to try and keep them engaged. It's a small thing, but there's a lot of useful tweaks like that they've added over the years.
It's gaining popularity as nowadays classic php-tuned hosting is no longer an ideal server environment, wether it is at the budget level or highend. New age scripts got rid of a lot of issues the php scripts us dinosaurs still have to contend with. Discourse might feel ugly as hell but the technicals are sound, and user-facing interface easy to modify.
No numbers here, but I suspect a large part of discourse's audience actually went to nodebb as an alternative much easier to setup and manage. Consider the average age of forumgoers - have they surfed on desktops during php scripts' golden age, or was a simple mobile experience the dominant one they experienced?
People like it because it's modern.
Live topic list, live topics, live notifications, etc. It's had those for about six years while the "major software" sat around doing nothing but twiddling their thumbs and pushing out relatively trivial features.
These days, they're largely copying Discourse, but have nowhere near as much useful functionality and everything is ten times as clunky (e.g. XF2's "post from homepage").
I think Discourse is overrated though, there are much better options, maybe NodeBB.
It supports both infinite scrolling or pagination, if you find the other option uncomfortable.
What's wrong with the functionality implemented in XF2?
I haven't tried it in a while (a couple of years or so), but I personally found it very clunky.
You go to the forum list, you hit the button to make a post, and then, you get a little modal with all the forum descriptions, counts, etc. when they could have just had a simple drop-down with all the forums next to the topic title field like in the new age software.
It's not something they can't fix, but for a feature which exists for the sole purpose of making things quicker and easier, it feels strange to have so much boilerplate in between you and you creating the topic you want.