For the longest time I have been putting up with “Unfortunately, your browser is too old to work on this Discourse forum. Please upgrade your browser.” when clicking on Google search results that link to Discourse forums. I sigh when I imagine how useful the result might have been, and moreso when I realise you guys are smart enough to figure out what capabilities my browser has, but not smart enough to give me the information I wanted in a way that matches those capabilities.
I can’t upgrade the browser on my phone, so I just signed up to discuss this (on my laptop).
I therefore take issue with this post:
How about “Discourse has been built for now.”?
I don’t disagree that Discourse is ‘nicer’ than some other BBS programs, but let’s be clear what it’s all about. It’s about information. You have heavily promoted Discourse as being a superior solution to earlier BBS programs and forum software, and now many sites are using your software to allow discussion, however, once the data (forum posts) are in your system, how easy is it to get it out? On my phone your software simply refuses to work. Or rather, it worked perfectly until one day it didn’t.
The future of the internet is the same as the past. Collecting and disseminating information. Collecting it and holding it hostage is anathema to the very reason of having all of these machines connected together so that information is just a click away.
I wasn’t aware of the “basic HTML” view. Maybe it’s new. Maybe it’s been around for a while, but never promoted. Instead of “Unfortunately, your browser is too old to work on this Discourse forum. Please upgrade your browser.” I’d love to see a basic HTML rendition of the information I wanted. I don’t care if I can’t contribute, or if I don’t get flashy, crowd-pleasing eye-candy, I can get that on my laptop, or tablet, or another phone. All I want is what I was promised (from a link or from a Google search).