We’ve been using Discourse as a members-only discussion forum in the background of a high traffic public site for about a year. I think we were actually one of the very first organizations to use Discourse - but not sure of the exact details. In any case, we’re now using the version of Discourse designed for mobile use to stand up a public comments section using Discourse. This also, of course, allows us to have much more continuity between the public and members-only parts of the site.
I know we’re not the first to do some version of this. Boingboing is the only other one I’m familiar with, though I’m sure there are others I don’t know about. I continue to be extremely thankful that the Discourse platform exists. And I wanted to let everyone know of the newish if not totally new use case we’re using it for.
One note: I’m the owner of the site, not one of the techs. So while I know some of the technical details and am deeply immersed in the architectural vision and strategy, I can’t intelligently answer any programming questions.
You can see our use here
And here’s the explanation we put together for readers
I need to emphasize that we’ve just released this in community-wide beta. So we’re still fine-tuning, killing bugs, etc.