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Avoid's Forum-like product Discourse.

by Spokane 2600 Webmaster published Nov 17, 2016 10:35 PM, last modified Dec 02, 2016 02:14 PM
After a week-long evaluation, it is strongly recommend to people considering using's product, to not consider using it in a production environment any time soon. Maybe in 3 to 5 years, if it continues, it can be re-eavaluated. Beware of the Discourse product. You have been warned. The product is far too fragile, and the community support is far below standards. UPDATE: I can now recommend people instead consider using NodeBB.

UPDATE: 20161202 - I can now recommend people instead consider using NodeBB, NOT Discourse. Much better community & developer environment, much better documentation, and far less of a kludge product than Discourse.

I was evaluating's forum-like product Discourse for a major project for which I was asked to be the technology consultant, currently under NDA. We thought it would provide many features necessary for a portion of the project. And while Discourse may some day realize the hype of its possibilities, I have to strongly recommend that people do NOT consider using this product in a production setting at this time. If they are still around in 3 to 5 years, I may have cause to reevaluate, but for now, it is recommended to go with other much more robust, well-developed, well-supported forum related products. The end result is a huge waste of time unfortunately. You can read more about the problems with the product, founder, support, and community, here: