We’re developing a new learn to program site aimed at school students and teachers, and will be using Discourse as our forum – what you’re building is definitely the way of the future!
In a previous version of our site, we had both a public forum for students to ask questions, and private messaging so a student could ask for help without needing to be brave enough to post publicly. The private messages went to a group of tutors, any of whom could reply back to the student. We also used PMs, to encourage students (and whole classes of students) who looked like they were struggling (e.g. had submitted their code zillions of times to our auto marker).
I’ve marked this under feature, because I’m wondering if Discourse supports messaging a named group? I know it can support groups, as in multiple listed individuals. Under the bonnet, I assume group PMs work in some way, since moderators all receive moderation PMs as a group (which appear as #moderators in the list of participants in a PM). However, you can’t use #moderators as recipients in the initial message.
More broadly, I’m wondering whether this is the Discourse-esque approach to solving this problem? or if people have other ideas.
Thanks again for your amazing work on Discourse so far.