I do know that there has been discussion on this earlier also. But still creating a fresh thread :
As discourse gets (more) popular, it will move beyond tech communities. And that community needs visual sharing icons (not the ones hidden under the current icon).
It’s not just about on-site engagement. Social is important.
To quickly share, our social sharing has dropped by 90% after we moved to discourse - because people aren’t able to find the sharing icons. There is no virality (visually speaking) no matter how useful the content is.
Ditto with mobile site / social sharing.
I do know @codinghorror 's explanation that people share via copy/pasting URLs. It might work well with Stackexchange sort of community (geeks), but not with everyone else.
1-click please ? Sharing is an instant feature. The current implementation mandates discovery (of the icon), which is quite painful + another click. For a new age system, this isn’t the ideal implementation.
TLDR : It’s time to revisit Social Sharing feature. If somebody has cracked it better (by displaying the icons directly instead of the current implementation), please point / share the details.