Tool Evaluation Submission Form
Tool name: Discourse
Brief description on the functionality: Discourse is a fairly popular forum software. According to their website -
"Discourse is modern forum software for your community. Use it as a mailing list, discussion forum, long-form chat room, and more!"
Date of Last Commit: The last commit to
master branch was 3 hours prior to this posting
Why do you want this tool added to the IEEE SA OPEN platform?: A sub community of our organization FOSS@RIT uses discourse as a forum/mailing list. A number of other open source communities rely on it such as open-source design and sustain OSS.
What value does this tool provide to the IEEE SA OPEN community?: I think discourse fills a communication gap that isn't really addressed by synchronous video (BBB), chat (mattermost), or technical issue tracking (gitlab). It's well supported, already containerized, and used in a fairly significant amount of open source communities. While I personally find stuff like mattermost and git forges to be the things I'd set up for a community first, discourse follows closely after.