We are happy to announce that we have recently deployed our new forums, running Discourse! The provide a modern, pleasant-to-use dedicated discussion tool. We have tested them out with early adopters over the past few weeks, and they are a real joy to use. You can now participate too, at forums.puri.sm.
What’s special about Discourse? Besides the official list of features, you may want to read this seminal blog post where Jeff Atwood highlights the kind of thinking that went into its functional (and aesthetic) design, making it quite different compared to traditional forum software.
Our migration to a self-hosted Discourse instance brings many benefits:
- Improving security by isolating the forums from the rest of our infrastructure;
- Much better usability and user experience. The previous forums were cumbersome and frustrating to use, littered with bugs and limitations, and they just looked awful visually. The new ones are much more readable, and full of modern community-enhancing features. Using a forum should be fun, not boring or cumbersome, and I know that Discourse’s design actively encourages a sense of community and self-moderation, so I’m looking forward to seeing the results over time. We hope you’ll love the new discussion tools!
- More flexible community management tools;
- Better email notifications, and less noise (Discourse will not spam you with mail notifications if you’ve been recently active on the forums website);
- Simplifying our main website’s daily management (previously, the forums actually interfered with the rest of the administration UI);
- Better performance and resources usage.