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What is the best product for hosting discussions?

Im looking for a tool/website that would allow moderation of discussion.
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    Discourse

    A platform for community discussion. Free, open and simple.

    Ben Clark
    Ben Clarkprofessional scratch dev · Written
    It's a nice thing you can host it yourself or pay for a hosted version, it also has a nice design
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    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic · Written
    Discourse is without doubt the best of the lot. Host it yourself + beautiful design. See how it looks on mobile phone!
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    • Vinish Garg
      Vinish GargCo-founder @mystippi @ContentHug

      I have used it extensively in Andrew Chen's talk platform: http://talk.andrewchen.co/ and also for Write The Docs forum at http://forum.writethedocs.org/. I think it meets most of the goals of a well structured, well monitored, and custom discussion forum. I like it.

    • Daler Karimov
      Daler KarimovQuestion. Learn. Make. http://www.Eve.QA

      Happy using it for my projects:

      Eve.QA - easy and expressive Q&As for events.

      Oprium.com - a place to share and discover exciting opportunities.

      Apteka.TJ - forum on health, beauty and family well-being.

  2. 45
    Facebook Groups

    This app gives you a dedicated space for you and your groups

    Sambruce Joseph
    Sambruce JosephProduct Designer · Written
    All moderation functions are here in Facebook Group. Also, your users doesn't have to create another account since they are already on Facebook.
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    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic · Written
    Facebook groups is a great choice too.
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    Larry Mickie
    Larry MickieFounder, Kanari,MusicLinx · Written
    No need to add any friction to your users experience with educating on a new product/tool. Depending on your demo, most users already have a facebook account.
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  3. 45
    Zoom

    Cloud video conferencing and simple online meetings

    If you're looking for a live video experience, then I'd suggest Zoom as it has heaps of useful features like 'Record Call', Speaker View, Screen share etc.
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    • Anthony Recenello
      Anthony RecenelloDating Coach and Head of Wolf & Garden

      The audio quality is so bad that it's the same level as a payphone. Really not worth paying money for when there are better solutions.

  4. 9
    Spectrum

    Build better communities

    Adithya Shreshti
    Adithya ShreshtiFounder of Knowmad Life | Startuposphere · Written
    Hands down the best one, imo. Amazing UX, great features. Can't wait to see the upcoming feature updates.
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    Mo Rajabifard
    Mo RajabifardCo-founder & CEO @ There.PM · Written
    It's great!
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    • Mo Rajabifard
      Mo RajabifardCo-founder & CEO @ There.PM

      I've used this to join styled components and Figma communities and It's been much better than alternatives. Only it needs to polish the product a bit more.

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    • Mason Wear
      Mason WearCo-Founder // Primer Co

      I've been using Spectrum for several months now, since Alpha. The team has really taken the time to listen to what these early users have had to say and improve the platform as a whole.

      I think this truly solves a big issue for those people trying to manage a community. It also makes participating in community discussions a way more intuitive and user-friendly process. One account, one inbox.

  5. Looks beautiful and promising future plans.
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  6. 5
    appear.in

    Efficient video meetings with up to 12 people!

    Cole Schiffer
    Cole SchifferMaking things cosntatntly · Written
    So easy, free, and no setup or app required.
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    Rodney Peixoto
    Rodney PeixotoFounder at Contractize.com · Written
    I've been using Appear with my remote team, and recommend it.
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    • Matt Pliszka
      Matt Pliszkaresearching SaaS software @ pickSaaS.com

      I really love the software and we're using it at picksaas to do video conferencing. The best thing about is it that everybody can enter with just one link, like the simplicity!

    • Matheus Guerra Costa
      Matheus Guerra CostaGrowth Hacker @ 12min

      Best video conference tools I've ever used! Skip those first 10 minutes of meetings on Skype that people just say "Can you hear me? How about now?", and just start talking!

  7. 4
    Slack

    Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving & search.

    Sama Jashnani
    Sama JashnaniCo-Founder, DownToDash · Written
    I use this one, very easy to use
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    Stewart McKee
    Stewart McKeeFounder, Active Information Design · Written
    Easy to use for chat, includes threading, images, audio and video chat.
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    • João Oliveira Simões
      João Oliveira SimõesDesign Lead, 44 Studio

      As a remote designer, this is a must have. I'm always contactable and available. Super easy way to also have quick calls and communicate with other team members on different teams.

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    • Amrith Shanbhag
      Amrith ShanbhagCommunity at Product Hunt & Feathrd

      I'm a part of a ton of Slack communities but I'm active in only a handful.

      Slack works to its fullest only when it is implemented in a team and everyone's supposed to use it for communication. Slack could/should improve on making the communities on it better by adding relevant features.

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  8. If you're looking for a Forum-type experience, I would suggest looking into Mobilize because it breaks you out of needing to send people to a dedicated "place" to have a discussion - they can follow and comment through email or SMS if they want.
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    Unless you want to force people to use a certain platform, I'd suggest looking at Mobilize which enables discussions to flow in a web app, mobile app, email or SMS
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    Yack.net

    Recorded and transcribed calls for team collaboration

    Antony Bearpark
    Antony BearparkGraphic and Web Designer · Written
    Antony Bearpark made this product
    You can choose who you want to join in the conversation. You can hold a call with specific members and have the ability to replay the call by anyone in the chat. Calls are automatically transcribed so you can search through the system later to find what was said in a specific call.
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    • MUJO
      MUJODouglas Higgins, CEO

      Extremely helpful when collaborating on projects with several external partners.

  10. Kirsten Lambertsen
    Kirsten LambertsenEngineer, Founder - Xapnik · Written
    I personally prefer a WordPress.com instance running the P2 theme. The P2 theme creates a really intuitive and organic discussion experience. Plus you get all the good stuff that comes with a WordPress site running on WordPress.com including the ability to restrict access, require 2fa, mobile and much more, including moderation tools. Oh, and it's free.
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  11. 2
    Mighty Networks

    The fastest way to create a community-powered brand

    We're considering moving a Public FB Group to might, would definitely recommend if starting a community from scratch!
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    • Vishnu Narang
      Vishnu NarangFull Stack developer

      The platform is technically complex to build but for the end users, it's so simple with every feature that's most wanted to build a community. It's better than facebook, linked-in or any other platform that tries their hand at being a community driven platform. And it's far from perfect and yet it's better than all others. Imagine how awesome it will be once the team develops all the features they've been working on.

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    UberConference

    Stress-free conference calls

    Kenny Cucchia
    Kenny CucchiaEntrepreneur l Altcoin Investor · Written
    Automatically records & saves all calls. All you need to do is share your link. And it's free...
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    Canny

    The easiest way to collect & manage feedback

    Ed Shelley
    Ed ShelleySweating the details @ChartMogul · Written
    A much better way to connect with your customer community and encourage discussion
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  14. 2
    NodeBB

    A better community platform for the modern web

    Santosh Maharshi
    Santosh MaharshiStartup consultant. Venture Partner · Written
    Modern forum software.
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  15. 1
    Muut IO

    Community Development Platform

    Ed Fry
    Ed FryGrowth @ Hull.io, prev @ inbound.org · Written
    Fully featured forums + commenting + messaging. Having built out a platform ourselves for inbound.org, and seen the six-figure expense to build feature parity, I'd pay peanuts and get this next time.
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  16. Anne S. Katzeff
    Anne S. KatzeffDesigner, Artist, Teacher · Edited
    This does more than just free conference calls. You can also do video conferencing. Free, unlimited number of participants, 6 hour maximum time limit, screen sharing, recording meeting, chat, lightweight app downloaded to your desktop, etc. The only downside is that it does use up a lot of bandwidth.
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