- It's a nice thing you can host it yourself or pay for a hosted version, it also has a nice design
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.
- All moderation functions are here in Facebook Group. Also, your users doesn't have to create another account since they are already on Facebook.Facebook groups is a great choice too.
- Hands down the best one, imo. Amazing UX, great features. Can't wait to see the upcoming feature updates.
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.
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.
- So easy, free, and no setup or app required.
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!
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!
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.
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.
- 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.
- Antony Bearpark made this productYou 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.
- 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.
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.
Gina is truly brilliant. She doesn't know me and she has no idea I exist on this planet. I like that she's bucked the trend. I'm working on creating a MN for a specific type of crowd right now. Listen to her interview with Ally Trowbridge it's great!
- 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.