I have one popular forum running on an old-style forum software that is pretty fast. Some of my most active users constantly post and browse the site, and they get annoyed pretty quickly if there are any delays in posting and page loads.
My limited experience with Discouse via this meta forum and on my own test VPS yields decent but not stunning performance in terms of page load time. Here’s a Pingdom test of this thread:
"Your website is faster than 67% of all tested websites"
Not too bad. But my (marginally complex) Drupal sites usually end up being somewhere around 85 to 95% faster than other tested websites on Pingdom. Then again, Discourse is 100% cooler than all websites on the internet, so that’s definitely a major point in its favor.
What has your experience been? Do users every complain about the speed of your Discourse forum? Or do the incredible features of Discourse compensate for its marginal page load times?