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wizard

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What is the point in paying a software when good alternatives are around for free ? That is the true case today with a lot of applications. For Photoshop we have GIMP, for Illustrator, we have Inkscape, for Windows, we have Ubuntu. So goes the list of free and open source alternatives.


https://www.discourse.org/


It is true that free forum software has taken a back seat recently. They have some features missing which people would have wanted. But if you have the guts to come out of the PHP realm and try some free software, Discourse might be the name you want to talk about. Discourse is sculptured using Ruby on Rails and uses PostgreSQL for the database. It is a very feature rich forum software with a vision beyond time. They are ready for the upcoming challenges and thinks about the future. This community contributed software has the ability to match most feature available in leading paid forum software. I would bet that some featured Discourse has might even be missing in leading proprietary software.


A lot of people have started to lean on Discourse when they start to think about having their own community. Be it for customer support, product loyalists, personalized support, Discourse has made its place.
 
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Trinkets

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I would have used it here. Just that they do not have this conventional board layout that I prefer. Investing in hosting is also another thing with Discourse. You will have a hard time securing the VPS unless you have some assistance.
 
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wizard

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v 2.1 beta allows staff to reply to a topic without bumping it. A good feature when you deal with annoying users.

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Trinkets

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Discourse has a very active development cycle. They introduce new features and talk about it while the product is in beta stage. The benefits of having an active community.
 
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wizard

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v 2.1 stable will be released on 10th September ( Monday )
 
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Trinkets

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Eagely waiting. I want to try Discourse badly. Maybe will do it locally.

They are very active on social media talking about launches and new features. That helps in promotion a lot.
 
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Trinkets

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Discourse is always ahead in introducing new features. Even paid software has half the goodies it offers. Congrats team Discourse.
 
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wizard

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v 2.2 beta of Discourse introduces lazy loading of images. It will help users save bandwidth in image rich threads. Images will load only when the users scroll into the view, not by default.

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Trinkets

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At this rate, Discourse will beat paid software soon. They are adding a lot of great features to the core. And their development rate is great.
 
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wizard

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This is why I call Discourse the most actively developed forum software. Beta 1, 2 now Beta 9 is out. And they promise that the stable version for Discourse 2.2 will be available by the end of this month.

God ! Even paid software takes 2 + years to move between versions. And this one is free.
 
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wizard

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Resize images easily in v 2.3
New in Discourse 2.3 beta! A handy resize tool appears when hovering over or tapping images in the preview pane, so your images can be "just the right size".
Woltlab had it in Burning Board a couple of versions back. No longer available.
 
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Jason

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Good they share tutorials in making or developing. Few software doesn't do that.
 
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wizard

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Community support is great for Discourse. The team is also hyper active.
 
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Jason

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Is Discourse paid version also available? or is it totally free?
 
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Trinkets

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Not paid version. But there is a managed version which is paid. ie, Discourse will handle the hosting and back end for you.
 
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