I want to start a Discourse forum for a software project that’s just starting, and I want to do it before there’s a mailing list and everyone is on it and all hope is lost that I’ll move them over to a forum.
Current sign-up requires button click, email and password. As a mailing list replacement, I think it would work better to only have an email input field and a submit button.
That email field would be on a conversion-oriented landing page, not Discourse’s regular topic-list front page.
The user would get a confirmation email, click the confirmation link, and be done.
They would by default have “get every post as email” checked on their preferences.
That way, they never even have to know that the website part of the forum exists if they don’t want to. Optionally, they could set up a password after clicking the confirmation link, or just be asked to do it the first time they actually want to sign in to the website.
Is this possible? Would it be a lot of work for me to hack this into place myself? Is it something Discourse plans to have? Thanks!