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Discourse

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

4.4/5
Would you recommend this product?
Co-founder @OutcomeConf @MajorArcs

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.

Pros:

Highly customizable and modular in what exactly we need.

Cons:

Bit of a learning curve while setting up first time. :)

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Happiness Engineer, Automattic

Discourse is easily the best community management tool available currently. It's fast and is simple to use.

Pros:

Extremely simple and fast to use.

Cons:

I don't think this Discourse needs anything now. It's lovely.

Question. Learn. Make.

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.

Pros:

Robust and modern FOSS forum engine.

Great core team and friendly community.

Powerful full-text search, good plugins and easy to customize.

Cons:

Currently cannot:

- assign moderators and staff per-category;

- let login with phone # (i.e. without email) out of the box.