We love the MetaFilter audience to bits, but we're not sure where Discourse -- a next-generation, 100% open source forum -- can fit in, if anywhere, in the existing MetaFilter empire. Are there any super-technical folks willing to dive in and host a Discourse instance for mefites?
posted by codinghorror to MetaFilter-Related at 2:45 PM (26 comments total)
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Yes, there has been a MetaFilter topic on Discourse already:
We've had off and on discussions with Josh and Jessamyn for quite some time about some kind of relationship with Metafilter and Discourse. They were also Discourse alpha testers before we entered public beta. Did I mention that Josh was on an early Stack Overflow podcast, too?
We learned a lot at Stack Exchange from MetaFilter and Mat's admin video was a huge influence:
With Discourse, we also want to learn about the non-Q&A side of the world.
Perhaps the best way to do that is for a particularly technical metafilter community member to host a Discourse forum
? As Josh noted:
What might be plausible is someone wanting to organize an unofficial spinoff project being inclined to use Discourse -- mefites have started the occasional dedicated discussion forum for one topic or another or for general chatter, with varying outcomes (long-term boutique successes like Metachat.org or mefightclub.com; a lot of things that didn't end up taking off or staying around for long), so of course I can say who knows if there would be some interest there in the future.
We can of course assist with and support any such effort, as we do all the early adopters, through http://meta.discourse.org
Just throwing that out there for discussion!