Yet another random thought. CAMRA uses Discourse. It’s recently also launched a news site running on WordPress. Here is an example article:
As you can see, there is the standard WordPress comment system at the bottom. I’ve suggested that there is some merit in trying to bring those comments into Discourse - mainly so that discussions are more centralised and (maybe more importantly) moderated.
So the requirement would be for a link to be added to the WordPress article that when clicked either a) prompts the user to start a new topic in Discourse or b) opens the existing topic if it’s already been created. More importantly, one doesn’t want to have to create the Discourse topic manually for each article when the majority of them might never be commented on.
Is this kind of thing a) possible out of the box, b) feasible with some custom development and c) not really possible cleanly?