I’m researching setting up a new Forum Community.
The aim of the forum is to have users find & add bikes reviews by Manufacturer & Model.
Every model of bike will have its own specific Category, this is the key to the offering.
- Bike Model 1
- Bike Model 2
- Ultimate CF SL Disc 8.0
- Roadlite CF 8.0
The Forum isn’t actually about Bikes, but easiest way to explain it. Here is what I know about the potential users.
Users will probably be interested in & comparing 1 to 3 bikes, if they are interested in the Roadlite CF 8.0 for example they will have very specific questions about it and be interested in reviews on that model.
There are 100’s of reviews about specific bikes in many places on the web, users / content creators would link to these reviews in the specific bike model section, so users can come to one place to read about that bike model specifically.
The forum should ask for and display the following for each user so each review has context for other users
So what I’m hopefully getting across is that Categories are key to this forum; there are many forums for general bike discussions & users discussing different models, but it’s very noisy and disparate.
Does it feel like Discourse be a good fit here? I’m drawn to it because it’s modern, lightweight and feels different to a more traditional forum.
However the way my Forum is to be structured being quite tight may possibly fit a more traditional Forum?
Out of the box it seems that Discourse encourages discussions based on latest topics / discussions in more of a flat structure.
Where as I feel my users will only have interest in a few topics. However interesting the chat maybe about Bike X & Y, they will have zero interest in it as Bike X & Y are not suitable for them.
Would appreciate thoughts as in early stages of research.