I’ve spent some time over the past year learning and sharing my knowledge on this forum. I really appreciate all the gems found here and how everyone helps each other out.
That said, the WordPress platform used to host this forum presents a number of challenges:
Unable to save/favourite posts
Unable to view the posts you’ve made
Unable to view all of a user’s posts
No general email updates about forum discussions
Unable to mention users or view which posts mentioned you
Unable to DM other users
Adding code snippets can be a hassle. Often times, the code gets deleted, or doesn’t post properly. I’ve resorted to creating a Gist and posting the link
Unable to edit/amend/delete posts after a certain time, and no post edit history
Missing Markdown features
Difficult to embed images, GIFs, videos to assist in the explanation and assistance
If you’ve had the forum open for some time and write a post, the post doesn’t go through because you were signed out unknowingly
Unable to react to/upvote posts
Limited post filtering/sorting options
Unable to view context of quote replies (especially for posts with lots of replies)
No email replies
No community moderation tools
As the community grows, these features become more and more important. Are there any plans to switch to a more capable forum platform?
I’ve used Discourse for other open source communities, and it’s a solid contender. It’s open-source, and the hosted version even has a free plan for open source projects (although, data migration only exists in their paid plans).
Although discussion platforms like Reddit, Discord, Telegram, and Matrix are nice, they wouldn’t be a good fit for this use case.