We are a volunteer-led community organisation with a small Discourse forum, and the majority of our members use iPhones.
It pains to me to watch a once-amazing community die off as our members disappear into WhatsApp groups.
There is one sole reason for this: the lack of iOS push notifications.
People spend less and less leisure time using desktop and laptop computers. On their iPhones the Discourse app (which you have to remember to open) fails to compete with the world of other pings and distractions. It’s also totally unsuited to improptu meetings or “where are you” messages without push notifications.
As far as I can gather, all attempts to add iOS push notifications to third party hosted forums have failed.
We would be more than happy to buy direct from Discourse and support the organisation, but as a non-profit organisation we could not justify $1,200 per year for it. Will Discourse ever offer a lower priced tier? Perhaps restricted to non-profit organisations, if you are afraid of cannibalising your existing customers.
Or could Discourse offer just the push notifications as an add-on to third party hosting? Perhaps with a pay-per-ping model?
It strikes me this issue of community rot will start to affect any Discourse community where the majority of members are accessing it via iPhone, so probably a bigger problem than just for us.
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