What’s the biggest hacks that gained growth or traction to your discourse?

Hey Guys!
Instead of just knocking my head on the wall myself. I thought of crowdsource some good ideas if you guys already crossed a stage of initial traction.

If you can, could you share some of the best strategies/tricks/loops that helped to increase the reach of your discourse platform ?


What type of community are you building? That may help others come up with specific ideas that could work for you.


I recommend you reading the advice that appears in this topic: How did you know you could be successful with a forum? :rocket:


It’s an discussion forum around ideas and solutions related to UN sustainable goals

One of the main thing we want to focus is urbanisation and public transportation. Imagine your city or street has some problem… instead of Waiting for government to solve this, People could crowdsource ideas and work on themselves

And also people could discuss about ideas that Not tied to a city but generic problems as well.


Thanks for sharing that Sid!

I went to read all those comments. What I understand is it answers the below

  • do you need discourse ?
  • should you move to discourse ?
  • is discourse right for you?

But am :100: into it that we wanted discourse , and all the features a forum needed is there. Now it’s about how do we make it more active. I know it may be lame or generic question but I would like to listen to someone who was already in a situation like me and a single hack has get the forum grow a lot. It is so clear from discourse that if we can get one user to sign up, the features (threaded replied, badgesand mailing list) going to make him sticky and refer new users.

But before that how do we increase the initial growth?

Out of my impatience, I ran a facebook ad targeting city planners to provide their ideas on public transportation problem. Got 7 signups at a cost of 1-2USD. But I am looking for few more growth strategy buddy…


The very important thing to remember (which not everyone wants to hear) is that you can’t really market a community into being successful. You’re either solving a need or want for people (in which case they’re likely to find you on their own) or you’re not going to succeed.

I’d recommend doing some reading on feverbee.com to make sure you’ve set yourself up to succeed.


Oh thanks Hawk for a wise reminder!

The link you shared seems to have some thoughtful contents to read > How To Build An Online Community: The Ultimate List Of Resources (2013) | FeverBee

Will check it out. And keep experimenting new ways…


Share your finding here. It would be great to know what works for you on discourse.
I test new ways of engaging every single day.
Keep in mind that Discourse is just a tool in your community strategy.
You have to find the right balance between the business objective and the community members needs
Last Rich’s book will put you on the right track as well.

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Hi guys,

i noticed that with the https://www.peopledatalabs.com/ api we can get targeted e-mails.
I was wondering if someone could work out a plugin or feature that would invite those targeted emails to the forum ?

Is this doable ?