ChrisGammell wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:23 pm
- Unless you're in "mailing list mode", it's hard to maintain engagement, IMO. The summary emails slide right by most peoples' inboxes.
- It's just one big mess of posts at the end of the day. There are also categories, but it's pretty dependent on the search bar (which to be fair, it does well)
As a regular Discourse user, I definitely understand what you are saying in terms of finding out relevant information. The information is more dynamic in the sense that one has the ability to see all incoming posts in one place as opposed to in separate categories. However, I have found out that categories do also work well. And on blenderartists.org there some very long discussions, meaning that people still tend to find the right features
Besides search, the one other standout feature for is notifications:
- if i post a topic and someone replies, I immediately have a notification, no matter if they replied with @mentions (something like equivalent of quoting in phpBB)
- @mentions always make sure that a person that the users posting may think would be important voice to add to the conversation will be notified
- following important topics (equivalent for threads). You can either be "notified" in a discussion that someone's posted any direct reply in a topic and are you can set to "watch" meaning that a notification is received every time someone posts a reply, even if they don't reply to your post or mention you
triplus wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:19 am
P.S. Flarum uses a more standard server stack, but who knows when a stable version will get released, likely not anytime soon.
Flarum looks nice and clean as well! It would definitely be good for for someone to test it. If it doesn't require another digitalocean or similar setup (which seems that it can get expensive quickly), then I may try setting it up on my regular hosting provider, unless someone else wants to experiment? The fact that it's still in betais perhaps not too dangerous. In fact, the automated process through digitalocean automatically installs the latest discourse beta. On the other hand, if there are any updates to the final release that break with the code in the beta, then it could be an issue.
On a first look, Flarum's notification system seems to work similar to Discourse.
One feature that I am noticing that Flarum is missing is that it doesn't find relevant posts when typing a new topic. In discourse, similar to github issues and to stackexchange (the guys behind discourse run stackexchange),when starting to type a new topic, the system recognizes what you are typing and gives a list of potentially related topics. You are then free to browse through those related topics without worrying that you will lose what you have written.
In both platforms, markdown
is a core feature. Topics in discourse can become wikis, so that multiple people can chip in. Sometimes they become really long. As per Yorik's discussions about modernising the wiki at some point, almost all SSGs (static site generators) use markdown due to its user friendliness and ability to apply styles without having them coded in the body text. In this sense, a wiki or an important topic in discourse, could be copied and pasted with styles and formatting to a wiki like github pages, responding to the theme set up in the wiki.