Definitely agree with that!!
Traditionally we have some of the most customised forums out there (many often winning ‘awards’) but our Discourse forum is the least customised forum I have run.
- Part of that is because I really like a lot of default forum design so didn’t want to change too much.
- But a large part of it too is because customising themes hasn’t been as easy as it is on other forums.
I wish customising DC was easy - it could be used as an absolutely superb system to power more than just forums. Articles, News, User-blogs, Photo pages etc! This site is run purely on vB with one plug-in that allows you to create custom pages with custom queries (so the section pages, like the homepage, news homepage, article homepage etc) are built with that ‘cms’ plug-in, and then the content (news, articles, blogs etc) are just normal forum threads but where the first post gets one style, and all subsequent posts get another.
I’ve secretly hoped that this ‘CMS’ type system is what you guys had been working on - as I reckon the basis of Discourse could easily be used to put out a fantastic CMS/Blog/Publishing platform…
(Feel free to delete this if it’s too off-topic - job done if you and Sam read it)