Are there any plans to create a discourse instance for people to chat on that isn’t cleared everyday, or are you not wanting to host any yourselves other than meta? Also there should be a big message on the top of each page telling everyone that each page will be cleared each day
You are using such instance at the moment
http://try.discourse.org is only for testing. It’s noted in a BIG message:
It’s planned to have hosted instances for other purposes, other than meta as noted in What is Discourse? | Discourse - Civilized Discussion
Correct, Discourse is in the business of making your forum successful, not launching our own forum topics.
Remember, try is what it says on the tin: a sandbox for experimenting and seeing if Discourse is something you like and want, or not. This is emphasized in
- the pinned topic as @stoinov noted
- the PM message all new try users get
And soon, it’ll be in a just-in-time help
<div> that pops up for new users composing their first posts, too.