We’re an open source software project with a lot of documentation pages. On each of our documentation pages, we decided to replace Disqus for commenting with (embedded) Discourse. After all, we already have a community of users using Discourse – the idea of merging the two places beginners ask questions seemed like a great idea.
However, it seems that whenever someone reloads one of our documentation pages (without actually attempting to comment – they’re just visiting the pages…) a new Discourse topic is created.
This is particularly problematic because when we set up embedding, the problem of new topics being created upon page visits did not present itself. It was only when users organically began visiting individual documentation pages that this flood began, some hours or days later.
This is what our Discourse for our users looks like now; it’s been totally overtaken by embedding. It’s caused an exodus of our users away from our community:
Is there some way to fix this? Ideally, a new topic would only be created after someone clicks the “start discussion” button.
For reference, the community I’m referring to is here: