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The best feature is its design: discourse is designed to aid in the creation of high quality online conversations. Flat discussions with well implemented quoting systems, expandable/collapsible replies, infinite scroll, clean UI and many more features come together to form a highly polished forum experience that makes legacy forums show their age. See More
HORRIBLE customer service. And they just announced that they are closing channels of communication for customer support. The setup is very complicated for anyone who is not a developer and they do NOTHING to make this easier. Rude responses to valid questions from support. See More
Discourse has a simple user trust system that makes moderating the forum a lot easier. Users gain more permissions as they gain more trust, which limits the amount of damage spammers and trolls can do. Discourse co-founder Jeff Atwood also founded StackExchange, which is the gold standard for gamification/moderation systems so you can also expect Discourse to get better and better at moderation. See More
Discourse helps make forum posts conversational. It is highly configurable, but at the same time comes with sane defaults. It's built on ROR, so if you are familiar with this framework, it's pretty easy to dig in and understand how everything works when the documentation may be lacking in some areas. I would recommend at least trying it to see how it's different than all the other forum software available. See More
Darren Dub's Experience
I've installed and used many forum platforms over the last 20 years or so. Flarum loads very fast, has all the features you need out of the box, and it looks like an app. Flarum is the best modern forum software. The main complaints I hear are around slow development and that it is hard to install on shared hosting. I believe it's not necessarily hard to install, but there does need to be a better step by step shared hosting installation guide. This is something on my to do list since I have experience installing Flarum on a couple different shared hosting servers. As far as slow development... I just think the core devs are very cautious and particular. And, have full time jobs and real lives. See More
This is the best i've tried. I have also considered discourse, nodebb, vanilla, and PhpBB See More
Easy to set up on Ubuntu 16.04. Works quite easily, although you may need to install some plugins for HTTPS to work. See More
NodeBB’s gamification plugins extend user engagement by motivating users to participate and complete tasks by giving them incentives like achievements, badges, points and virtual currency. NodeBB's gamification and reputation system is more than just badges, the reputation engine is used to promote good content, grant member abilities and achieve rank among leaderboards. NodeBB has several gamifications plugins that gives forum users an RPG like experience: Advanced Dungeon and Rabbits, Minecraft, PVP RPG (Battle, attack & steal points from other users). See More
NodeBBs plugins are built to support features like: Rich media embedding (Youtube/Vimeo), advertising integration (Google AdSense, DoubleClick, etc), third-party single-sign-on, emoji, mobile phone notifications, sound packs, CDN support, rich-text formatting/colours, static pages, galleries, and much much more. See More
NodeBB bundles real-time updates (new posts/topics, chat messages), the ability to see "who's browsing this topic", recent/popular/unread topics, tags, post sorting, social sharing, notification system, inbound email support/reply-by-email, mobile responsiveness, favourites, bookmarks, spam control, and reputation/karma. See More
In addition to the hosting, NodeBB also provides support ticket access, and automatic deployment of security updates when necessary. NodeBB's servers are located in New York, although instances can be manually provisioned in all of the other regions our hosting provider supports: San Francisco (west coast customers) London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt (European customers) Singapore (China, south Asia, etc) See More
Vanilla Porter can import posts (comments), threads (discussions), users, categories, roles and passwords (hashed) from most other forum software: bbPress, Drupal, MyBB, NoteBB, phpBB, PunBB, SimpleMachines 1&2, Toast, UserVoice, vBulletin, Xenforo, YAF.NET and others. Some importers support avatars, attachments, signatures, and PMs. A few support tags and user notes. Imports aren't flawless, but they do most of the work. See More
Cloudways is ideal for those who don't want to spend time on managing server themselves or don't have technical expertise to do so. It is one of the <a href="https://www.cloudways.com/en/php-cloud-hosting.php">best php hosting</a> provider out there because of their performance benchmarks. You can launch popular PHP apps on servers in just one click. 100+ features and live chat support. See More
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