I just want to say how happy I am that Discourse exists. I was one of the first handful of employees at Jive Software, which was one of the very first commercial forums software vendors.
Since then, they’ve expanded and moved on to “social enterprise” software and the focus on threaded discussions has really been lost in their product.
At my day job (New Relic) we’ve been looking for a threaded discussion tool that is not called Google Groups. Since the open source stuff is all crap, the only real options were Lithium and Jive, and they aren’t much better (unfortunately).
I was starting to think that perhaps I was crazy for wanting clean, modern, efficient threaded discussion forums. I mean, if other people wanted that too shouldn’t there be something already? And then I found Discourse
Amazingly, in just a matter of months Discourse is already a more user-friendly, modern version of online forums that any of the other options - commercial or otherwise.
We may still end up purchasing Jive or Lithium for now, just because it’s ready today. But if they can’t get their basic forums at least close to what Discourse is already doing, I can guarantee we’ll be making the jump. So I just want to say: keep up the fantastic work!