Yes I have but I thought some big forums have died or some other big forums have been created.
I’m considering moving our forums to discourse. We also have a large site with occasional super high traffic spikes (like 500,000k in an hour. Over the course of a month, I’d expect maybe 10,000,000 overall pageviews with maybe 250,000 active users, possibly another 250,000 barely active.
I’ve been talking to a few people who said there might be some scaling issues. I’m not a technical person, so tell it to me like I’m 5.
Tip: lots of fast hardware, and smart people to run it.
We (CDCK) have several sites that do in excess of 3M hits per day; I don’t have absolute peak per-hour numbers to hand, but I know we do cover some pretty big launches – new game titles mostly, but one of the sites we host goes nuts for the Miss Universe pageant, which generates a good spike in request rates.
Scaling a Discourse site is not hard; we’re not using exotic technologies (Rails, Redis, PostgreSQL) and there’s plenty of guidance out there about how to tune those components for better performance in a wide variety of situations. You’ll probably need the assistance of some technical people, given that you profess to being non-technical yourself, but frankly at any sort of scale you’ll need technical assistance regardless of what platform or stack you run, just because technology is never simple.
I think the Infinite Flight Community has taken the lead. 2.2k active users and 501 topics created in the last week:
Thanks Discourse! We’re having great fun using your platform. Congrats for 4 years of service.
Yes, Infinite Flight has certainly…
… taken off.
Haha, I’d say so too! It just shows the wide network of Infinite Flight users. These forums are certainly a lot more functional than other forums I’ve seen. Thanks for all your fantastic work on Discourse, we really appreciate it.
I would just like to Thank Discourse for their service! Infinite Flight Community has just hit 30,000 Active Users! Thanks for all your work!
The biggest Discourse forum might be Gamekult :
They migrated from IPB around march’17. Their forum exists since 2003 or 2004
552k users / 16.8M posts