I like what Discourse represents. I however have also noted the impact of mobile messaging apps. Telegram in this case.
I am not a developer, and neither am I quite well versed on some things, but I know what a good thing looks like. And I think outside of email, someone would take up on a plugin to fetch summaries of interesting forum topics and push to Telegram bots. Someone has implemented that quite well and we use it for Telegram channels, to alert channel members on things they want to stay connected to.
This may perform better than an app IMO. My team decided again’st developing and maintaining an app and a Telegram channel comes in quite handy. I think Discourse on Telegram would be a super awesome thing.
I agree it would be an awesome feature. There’s some related discussion here:
Idea for telegram bot — “welcome new users” summary
Here is an idea that you can build on top of.
I developed a simple Telegram bot that will send the list of new users once every few days in our community channel.
Channels are read-only in Telegram, i.e. like a news feed.
The bot will build a random “welcome” text like this:
Welcome our new users user1, user2, user3 and user4
Where user1, 2 etc are usernames of the newly registered users.
The bot keeps track of which users it announced already, so it does not repeat itself.
Fetche new users by issuing a
GET request to
Filter out non-active users, admins, mods and blocked users.
Sending a message to a Telegram channel is then as simple as:
$telegram = new Telegram(TELEGRAM_BOT_AUTH_TOKEN);
$result = Request::sendMessage([
'chat_id' => TELEGRAM_CHANNEL,
'text' => $text