Dan Morphis dan at
Thu Jan 17 13:04:04 EST 2019

I've created the first Discourse post :)


On Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 1:01 AM Zaid Abdulla <zaid at> wrote:

> Hi,
> First off, apologies for not being active here for a number of months
> now. Last year has been a very busy and stressful year for me and I was
> barely able to keep up with work from the commercial side. I hope I'll
> be more active now that I'm a little more on top of things :)
> That said, I want to hear your thoughts about possibly moving to a
> forum software for the community discussions. I like mailing lists, but
> I have two major gripes with them:
> 1) Formatting and threading. Most email clients use HTML emails and
> have different formatting quoting styles. Then there's those corporate
> email footers with a wall of text and logos! Worse yet, some email
> clients don't handle threading properly. All that may not be a deal
> breaker during the conversation, but it doesn't help make the email
> archive into a good reference for future readers. These issues can be
> *partially* mitigated by enforcing plain-text in Mailman (the mailing
> list software), stripping attachments, and generally being anal about
> posting rules.
> 2) This may not be a problem per-se, and maybe it's just me, but IMO
> email is best for thorough and complete responses while in a forum a
> back and forth exchange of short messages is perfectly okay. With
> email, after a few exchanges you end up with a deeply nested thread and
> the quoted text becomes an unreadable mess.
> With regards to the forum software of choice, I really like Flarum.
> However, Discourse, which I also like, offers a hosted version and that
> is a big plus for me as I'd rather not deal with maintenance and
> upgrades. I went ahead and started a trial with Discourse. It's
> available at Feel free to sign up and give it a
> spin.
> --
> Zaid Abdulla <zaid at>
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