I am a big fan and user (at www.community.aker.me and www.opensourcebeehives.net). I wanted to ask if you guys think Discourse is the right tool for the job below, and if so can recommend any plugins:
We’re bringing together a community of Ecologists, Designers and Engineers to collaborate on ecological conservation technology (open source).
I’ve been looking at collaboration platforms that are the right mix of intuitive and well featured, since Scientists, Engineers and Designers are very different kinds of people with different needs. I looked at some of the “Scientific research platforms” our there and they look ooooooooldschool and not user friendly. I think Discourse mixed with tools like Google Drive (docs, spreadsheets etc.) and Slack (IM) might work well.
Has anyone has conducted large scale collaborative research or design projects using Discourse, and if so, could they share their experiences? Also, any plugins you think could be worth looking into?