Free Discourse forum hosting for community-friendly GitHub projects

(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #1

Originally published at: Free Discourse forum hosting for community-friendly GitHub projects

Discourse is proudly and unconditionally 100% open source ever since our public launch just over 3 years ago. Open source does not exist in a vacuum. We strive to be not just a great open source tool, but upstanding open source citizens, too. We’ve had an informal policy of providing free hosting for other open…

(Jeff Atwood) #2

Just to clarify – if your project is on GitHub and you don’t quite meet the threshold criteria of …

  • 2000+ stars
  • 30+ contributors

… feel free to contact us via the form. We’ll work with you. :slight_smile:

The purpose of the thresholds isn’t to arbitrarily keep projects away, but rather to ensure that there’s enough critical mass for a solid discussion community to form around your project. We guesstimate it takes about 5 people :man: :woman: :older_woman: :older_man: :baby: actively participating in the discussions each day for your discussion community to “work”.

(Thorbjørn Lindeijer) #3

That’s great news!

Your users can log in with GitHub logins

Are only GitHub logins supported, or will Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and plain e-mail accounts also work?

Also, I understand custom imports would take too much time, but importing from an existing Discourse instance can be done manually, right?

(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #4

All of those will also be available.

Yep, that’s entirely doable. Correct me if I’m wrong @team, but we do prefer to have the Discourse backup sent to us so that we can apply it ourselves.

(Daniel Naber) #5

Can this be used as a mailing list replacement, i.e. is it possible to reply to posts by email? I’m using a hosted Discourse already and it works fine, but they don’t have this “incoming email” feature enabled.

(Sam Saffron) #6

Yes, you can configure this yourself, no problems. Additionally we plan to roll out “automatically” configured incoming email in the upcoming months.

(Keerthan Jc) #7

When you guys roll out this feature, will we still need to create a separate gmail account?

(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #8

Uhm, no. There seems to be a misunderstanding here. Did we say anything about Gmail accounts anywhere at all?

(Keerthan Jc) #9

My bad, I assumed that was the case based on this post: Set up Reply via Email Support ✉

As of now, is it possible to enable incoming email and reply via email support on free hosted discourse accounts?

(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #10

Oh my bad, I didn’t realise you were replying to the post right above. No, you will not need to create a separate gmail account for email. Speaking of which, we are gradually rolling out this feature for our customers now. We’re starting in small increments, so the official announcement is still a little ways off.

(Anton) #11

My comment might be slightly off-topic, but I wanted to say that I’m amazed at how Discourse team markets their product and applies various strategies to target primarily larger organizations and companies. There is a lot to learn from them - and this topic is just another excellent example of how to make people tempted to move to Discourse. Absolutely amazing stuff. Read it twice - first, as a Discourse (potential) user. Second - as a marketer.

(Bruno) #12

Open BioMedical Initiative is a nonprofit global initiative in which volunteers around the world (we are about 3 thousand) totally online, create and design supports for accessibility and health that are open source, 3d printed and low cost.
We haven’t a github account (we have opened one some days ago) but we have a lot of volunteers in our project ( and Open BioMedical Initiative - Home | Facebook).
For us it would be very important to have a platform like discourse, so please give us the possibility to have a free plan.

Thank you.


(Rintze Zelle) #13

Hi, I know I’m a little impatient, but is the offer of free hosting for popular open source projects still active? I submitted the request form for free Discourse forum hosting on Monday 11/13/2017 and haven’t heard back yet. I’m requesting hosting for the open source Citation Style Language project (see and our most popular repo. We’re a little low on stars (1000+ across our repos) but have hundreds of contributors and a healthy community. Thanks!

(Jeff Atwood) #14

Ask @erlend_sh and see what he says.

(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #16

This is doubly true now that we’ve revised our requirements in preparation for the v2 launch of our free hosting:

Tell your friends! :speaking_head: