I’m Claudio and I work as UX lead at Canonical, publisher of Ubuntu. This is my first post here on Meta Discourse, but we all are Discourse users for the community forum of our websites and products at Canonical.
While ago we explored what Discourse could look like when it is included within the main domain of an existing website, instead of a subdomain (e.g. moving from ‘discourse.ubuntu .com’ to ‘ubuntu .com/discourse’).
Using the top-level website instead of a subdomain would necessarily change the navigation of Discourse, its interactions and the overall look & feel in order to be included in a consistent and seamless way. We understand that this is an exploration work that would affect several parts of the existing UX, but we thought to share it with you anyway and eventually discuss if part of these modifications can interest or be a valid (as a template maybe?) proposal for upstream, too.
Style wise, it uses our open-source CSS framework Vanilla and its components.
I am going to post all the visuals here, replying to this initial intro.
Please let us know what you think, we would be available to discuss this further or more in detail.