diaspora* VS Discourse

Compare diaspora* vs Discourse and see what are their differences.


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diaspora* Discourse
43 76
12,954 34,827
0.3% 1.0%
8.9 10.0
7 days ago 5 days ago
Ruby Ruby
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Posts with mentions or reviews of diaspora*. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-07.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Discourse. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-08.
  • A social media platform I built 9 months ago ($8,604 MRR)
    1 project | reddit.com/r/Entrepreneur | 23 Jan 2022
    https://www.discourse.org/ Should have just made a google search. Anyways. It's totally free and open source. Host on your servers
  • Novo fórum sobre a casa, obras, reparações e domótica
    1 project | reddit.com/r/portugal | 16 Jan 2022
  • SOS! Tools for Private Violin Lessons with Wordpress Site
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/Wordpress | 8 Jan 2022
    Other solution would be to go Saas way with solution like: https://circle.so/ https://www.discourse.org/ (you can connect this with wordpress or just self host it for the forum side)
  • Benchmarking CRuby, MJIT, YJIT, JRuby and TruffleRuby
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/ruby | 6 Jan 2022
    It feels like Truffle Ruby has been around for a while, but just in the background. I'd love to see it succeed though, I think the author was in a video I watched from Shopify about Rails at scale, all looked positive. It would be cool to see results from it running on some of the bigger Rails open source projects like: https://github.com/discourse/discourse or https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon . I think that could spur on some adoption.
  • A Brief Introduction to Hotwire
    1 project | dev.to | 3 Jan 2022
    To be fair, Single Page Applications do try to address these concerns using various techniques, but that's a big topic in itself. Some SPAs are even a pleasure to use, especially if implemented well. A good example is Discourse.
  • Suggestions for a forum?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/webhosting | 9 Dec 2021
  • The Yesterweb
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 4 Dec 2021
  • How to contribute to open source: a guide for Rails beginners
    9 projects | dev.to | 4 Dec 2021
  • Ask HN: What’s your favourite gratis self hosted FOSS forum software, as a user?
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 22 Nov 2021
  • Use forums rather than Slack/Discord to support developer community
    20 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 8 Nov 2021
    So what's everyone's favourite forum software? Which of the many packages out there would actually be suitable to replicate the usability of Slack/Discord, without making all of the messages disappear like in a black hole?

    1) Discourse: https://www.discourse.org/

    Looks pretty modern and also offers managed instances if you'd like, but i can't help but to feel that it's pretty JS heavy and there is perhaps too much whitespace, which makes navigating longer threads somewhat cumbersome. To me, it seems like a case of UI > UX, which is an upsetting trend that i've noticed ("make something pretty rather than something functional").

    2) Flarum: https://flarum.org/

    This one is perhaps a bit better in my eyes as far as the UX is concerned and seems to have actually been developed as a mobile first forum. It does have that modern look while at the same time being reasonably functional, and the idea of putting the forum structure tree in the sidebar actually works pretty well!

    3) phpBB: https://www.phpbb.com/

    Personally, this is my favourite from the "traditional" forum software, since it's really usable, it keeps a good information density, doesn't lose usability and isn't as JS heavy as any of the other alternatives. Also, there are plenty of plugins and even the default functionality provides you with most of the things that you'd like in a piece of forum software and the hardware requirements are pretty low.

    As someone who runs a phpBB forum or two myself, the biggest pain is perhaps updating, since you run into the very same issue of never knowing whether an update will break something or not and you might have to manually alter some config files if things go sideways. Also, admittedly, the admin UX could be better, but i guess that's just the software showing its age.

    That said, old is not necessarily always worse.

    4) Simple Machines Forum: https://www.simplemachines.org/

    To me, it looks like a slightly simpler alternative to phpBB, with similarly good readability, slightly lower information density, but overall a very similar look and feel to phpBB. Can't talk much about its features, but some people have recommended it in the past.

    Also, in regards to the free plan memory limitations, has anyone here experimented with self-hosted IM solutions? Personally i'm running a Rocket.Chat (https://rocket.chat/) instance which seems pretty nice and functional, for example, for a smaller software developer team, though others also have had good experiences with Mattermost (https://mattermost.com/) or other software.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing diaspora* and Discourse you can also consider the following projects:

Mastodon - Your self-hosted, globally interconnected microblogging community

Friendica - Friendica Communications Platform

Flarum - Simple forum software for building great communities.

Forem - The best Rails 3 and Rails 4 forum engine. Ever.

nodeBB - Node.js based forum software built for the modern web

phpBB - phpBB Development: phpBB is a popular open-source bulletin board written in PHP. This repository also contains the history of version 2.

Simple Machines Forum - Thoughts, Ideas and bits of code for SMF (2.1)

HumHub - HumHub is an Open Source Enterprise Social Network. Easy to install, intuitive to use and extendable with countless freely available modules.

BuddyPress - BuddyPress DEVELOPMENT repo. This repository is just a mirror of the development SVN at https://buddypress.svn.wordpress.org/. Please do not send pull requests, submit patches to https://buddypress.trac.wordpress.org/ instead. More at http://buddypress.org/

Talkyard - A community discussion platform: Brings together the main features from StackOverflow, Slack, Discourse, Reddit, and Disqus blog comments.