I’ve read @codinghorror’s blog about why he started Discourse and I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree with him. I’ve always felt that the forumsphere needed to evolve as the web did.
Discourse looks really great and I hope it’ll serve its intended purpose. However, I have some fairly basic concerns about that. Discourse installation seems to be very hard for the average webmaster. I’ve worked with several communities(big and small) and you’ll be surprised how many of them are still running on shared hosting environment. The other one’s maybe got a dedicated box but they’re running everything on a single box and NONE of the forum admins could work without cPanel. These forum admins are not really tech savvy and they are used to the ‘ftp the files and run the installer’ type installation. Problem is, except a few exceptions, niche community forums are mainly built by these kind of people.
Anyways, I think I’ve made my point. I’m just curious about Discourse’s plan about going beyond a few tech savvy admins/programmers and become truly mainstream.