I am trying to research whether Discourse’s free plan for open source projects would suffice for our project, or if not, how high the costs would be.
The free plan includes only 5 GB of storage. Can people share experiences about what the typical storage requirements are? How far would 5 GB go for a support forum of a scientific software where people would occasionally post some plots/graphs (i.e. mostly text, but not only)?
I got particularly concerned when I saw this thread.
The asker says, “it has only 600 members and 160 topics and it already has 13 GB”, and the answer from @codinghorror:
I would not recommend running an active community with less than 20gb and ideally 30gb disk space.
That would suggest that anything below the “Business” plan with 50 GB would be a no go. Even the “Standard” plan is limited to 10 GB.
I am a bit confused by the statement that one should plan for at least 20-30 GB vs the open-source plan having only 5. Could someone who has experience with the open-source plan comment?
P.S. Currently our project has ~30-50 questions / month on StackOverflow and ~10 / month on the mailing list.