I like Discourse a lot. The installation on DO was super simple; only problem was setting up SMTP which worked flawlessly when I finally had the right settings.
Here’s a little bit of background. I’ve been on a niche video editing forum that’s been around since 2008. It’s a huge mother of a beastly Invision Community forum with five million posts. The admin says that after updates, it takes literal days to fully index. Eldest members no longer interested in making videos still like using the forum socially, but that’s created a divide in the community.
So the forum is splitting in two halves. I have one of them; the group that’s still big into making their videos.
I have a perfectly functioning Discourse forum set up that I haven’t opened for general use yet, but I’m being inundated with so many feature questions. Staffs from the old forum who need moderating privileges in specific forums but not others. People are asking about video show rooms, status update modules, blogs.
I’ve looked at the Discourse plugins and as much as I like this forum software, I’m starting to think it’s not going to be what I need for my community. I see a lot of SSO plugins, CMS, wordpress, Q&A’s. It’s like, the impression I get is that Discourse is intended for a specific market of professionals trying to sell stuff which is fine, but we’re just a bunch of hobbyists who, frankly, are going to spend most of our time s___posting and talking about games.
I really like how easy Discourse is to install and maintain. Ultimately, though, I need finer grain controls over groups and permissions, and a richer “novelty” plugin environment. Can I ever reasonably expect the environment I need to materialize on Discourse, or am I just treading in the wrong environment altogether for forum software?