#1 By: howtogeek, April 2nd, 2013 12:02
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/142551/building-the-how-to-geek-community-the-discourse-project/
We are switching to Discourse, the new discussion platform that is built for the modern age. But it’s more than just a forum switch. Join us for a look back at discussion on How-To Geek.
#2 By: Lowell Heddings, April 2nd, 2013 12:10
We are very excited to start a new type of discussion forum, one where everybody can participate and talk about geeky subjects.
If you have any feedback about how you would like the forum to work, please feel free to leave it here.
#3 By: Jeff Clark, April 2nd, 2013 12:13
I think this is really great. I saw Jeff discuss Discourse on his blog a month or so ago, and this is the first "real" site I've seen implement it. It will be interesting to see what happens with it here.
On a side note, now that discussion is all in one place, will there still be moderation? And if so, will there be notification of whether posts are accepted or rejected? I've posted article comments on several occasions in the past and checked back daily for a week or more and never saw my post, with no explanation as to why. It's really disheartening when that happens and makes me less inclined to comment at all.
#4 By: Lowell Heddings, April 2nd, 2013 12:16
That is a big reason we are migrating to Discourse. With the amount of comments we got and the pathetic nature of WordPress commenting, we had to use a lot of spam filters to keep from being overwhelmed, and a ton of comments were just stuck in spam filters.
With Discourse, there won't be the same type of moderation. If you are a trusted Discourse member, which happens by just interacting and using the forum, your opinions will always be heard.
And honestly, we really welcome your opinions. The article authors will be participating in Discourse on a regular basis, and we will happily take your suggestions for corrections, new articles, or just shooting the breeze.
#5 By: Sean Killeen, April 2nd, 2013 12:17
At the Discourse.com FAQ, the authors suggest not using discourse just yet due to it being "bleeding edge" and very very beta.
While a community like this is well-suited to early adoption (and I agree Discourse is a fantastic platform so far), are you worried about the effects of using such an early-stage product, particularly as drastic changes in the experience could be announced, or security holes uncovered? B
I love this site and its authorship, so I'm interested in your thought process surrounding these potential issues.
Aside from those, kudos on having the courage to dive in!
#6 By: Lowell Heddings, April 2nd, 2013 12:19
We didn't install Discourse...
We are the first official Discourse partner. They are hosting and providing support. Obviously there will be some bleeding edge bugs, but since we are official, that is fine with me.
#7 By: Roger Gardner, April 2nd, 2013 12:47
all i can say is its about time everything in one place well done to all i cnt wait until it really gets going anoan well done
#8 By: Jason Fitzpatrick, April 2nd, 2013 12:47
I'm OK with that too... as Discourse is, hands down, the best forum software I've ever used. I'm so happy to use forum/discussion software that breaks the mold and offers so many awesome features.
#9 By: Iszi, April 2nd, 2013 13:31
I've been an active member on some StackExchange sites (Jeff's previous project) for some time, and was very interested to hear when he started working on Discourse. I'm glad I'll get to try out this new community platform on a site I already enjoy.
I'm really looking forward to the benefits Discourse brings to HowToGeek. Particularly nice will be the notification on mentions, and the merging of comments with the main forum. I have occasionally commented on articles in the past, but was always frustrated that I'd have to come back and check for responses manually if I wanted to do any more follow-up. I also never did get around to joining the main forum, until now. With these features, Discourse brings a new and better way for the HowToGeek blog and forum communities to interact with each other and... well, share discourse!
One question for @howtogeek / @geek : Will users be able to see mention/reply notifications on the main site, or do they need to be in a Discussion area? I don't see any of the Discourse menu icons on the homepage, or any of the article pages, so I presume not. Is this a feature you can add?
#10 By: Lowell Heddings, April 2nd, 2013 13:34
It's worth noting that if you haven't been to the site and somebody replies to your post, or @mentions you, Discourse will send you an email letting you know.
#11 By: Johnny Appleseed, April 2nd, 2013 13:40
Hi. I'm very new here (first post ) and I couldn't help but notice when printing an a discussion entry that it looked like this. I'm sure if it's a me issue or a site issue, but just letting you guys know. By the way, running XP. http://oi45.tinypic.com/2ce3qpz.jpg
#12 By: Justin Garrison, April 2nd, 2013 13:42
It's great to see you pushing the community further. I read about Discourse a couple weeks ago and was intrigued but didn't realize just how awesome the platform would be for something like HTG. This also brings logins in parity with wordpress comments and the forum (which was always a pain point when I was writing for HTG).
I will keep an eye on what becomes of the discussions/forums and am excited to actually be able to try a new product on a site that I already visit regularly.
#13 By: Naman Sood, April 2nd, 2013 13:44
Do we have live updating here? I mean, if:
I'm typing (20:55-21:00) (5 minutes).
Someone posts at, say, 20:57.
Will I be able to view their post without reloading the page?
#14 By: Lowell Heddings, April 2nd, 2013 13:48
Yeah, I don't think printing is something that has been thought out. Guessing you'd have better luck using something like Evernote to save the current page, and then printing from there.
#15 By: Lowell Heddings, April 2nd, 2013 13:51
Posts will definitely update live without reloading the page, though since it's still in beta it doesn't always show up instantly.
#16 By: Keith Sellars, April 2nd, 2013 14:13
I like it so far. There is quite a bit of delay in getting the email confirmation for new users. It would be nice if the time delay could be drastically shortened. It took me several minutes to receive my confirmation email. Although I read the newsletters and articles on the website regularly, I've never posted anything, so I think this will be a very useful tool. I really like the interface so far.
#17 By: Jeff Atwood, April 2nd, 2013 15:10
@geek was very unhappy with the WordPress commenting system, so its operation might have been.. sub-optimal.
The way moderation works in Discourse is very transparent, if there are issues with your post it'll get flagged by the community, and if it reaches the flagging threshold you'll get a PM about it. You can modify your post to correct the issues and have it reappear instantly.
Discourse is designed to be self correcting by the community itself (read: go away trolls and spammers!) even if no formal moderators are around, though having moderators does expedite things.
The general intention is that you'll get a PM if there are issues, either automatically or from a moderator.
#18 By: Terry Dalton, April 2nd, 2013 15:19
Love the idea,
If it wasn't for those willing to take a risk on new type of products or application .. we as PC users would be still be scratching making on the wall with stones LOL. Well that's a bit far, but started on my Modified Commadore 64, then Amiga 500, surprised the Amiga based systems don't take off, they had it all Friendly GUI Window like File cabinets, great graphics and much more all included, Considering IBM and clones based PC were all cryptic DOS based command line. Loved my Amiga, their popularity was HUGE back in mid- late 80 in Europe, I lived in Germany then (Army), but came back to the US and was surprised to find that the Amiga was not very popular at all, although they seemed way ahead as far as GUI and great graphics, go figure.
Don't mean to drone on, just wanted to share some thoughts for some of your older user who remember these items.
Love HTG it's my first go to place for fun new projects.
I also refer HTG to my friends on a regular basis.
#19 By: Tom Reaney, April 2nd, 2013 16:11
This looks like VAX NOTES for 201x!. Looking forward to using it.
BTW HTG is an extremely useful and informative forum. Keep up the good work.
#20 By: Don Richesin, April 2nd, 2013 19:41
I am not a techy, but I have been reading everything the "geek" writes for over 5 years. I really don't understand whats happening right now, too much, but I hope I can continue reading HTG.
Thanks Don Richesin
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