mmmm, even though I am still using Discourse, I have actually written an entirely different front end for it and am using it for something quite unlike a forum:
Yes, I realise its probably too far out to be of interest to anyone else. I think it would have been nice if people had shown an interest in doing crazy experiments with Discourse but I got the feeling this wasn’t something the core team wanted to encourage and I can understand that.
The downside is that people like me have lost a bit of their excitement about Discourse. A few people reached out to me in the early days because they also wanted to try interesting things with Discourse. I don’t see much of that anymore these days
I don’t want to give the impression I don’t appreciate what Discourse is all about and what a great product it is. I absolutely love it, I just wish it bred a more crazy experimental community. Ironically, I think the fact that Discourse is eating its own dog food in a way makes it a bit more interesting to “bike shedders” than “maverick geeks” but that’s another story…