Please stop closing forums and moving people to Discord

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  • GitHub repo Discourse

    A platform for community discussion. Free, open, simple.

    What about Discourse? They have an open source, self-hostable version:

    https://github.com/discourse/discourse

  • GitHub repo tildes

  • Scout APM

    Less time debugging, more time building. Scout APM allows you to find and fix performance issues with no hassle. Now with error monitoring and external services monitoring, Scout is a developer's best friend when it comes to application development.

  • GitHub repo tildes

    GitHub mirror of the Tildes source - official location is https://gitlab.com/tildes/tildes/ (by spectria)

  • GitHub repo Lobsters

    Computing-focused community centered around link aggregation and discussion

  • GitHub repo Lemmy

    🐀 Building a federated link aggregator in rust

  • GitHub repo Postmill

  • GitHub repo notabug

    Federated fork of classic reddit UI based on gunDB

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  • GitHub repo Reddit

  • GitHub repo nodeBB

    Node.js based forum software built for the modern web

    I've not tried but this has been on my radar for years: a forum than runs on Node - NodeBB

    https://github.com/NodeBB/NodeBB

  • GitHub repo Flarum

    Simple forum software for building great communities.

    For a PHP based forum, glance at Flarum - I have not tried but it's been on my radar for years.

    https://github.com/flarum/flarum

  • GitHub repo zulip-archive

    A tool for archiving and displaying Zulip chat channels.

    Search engine indexing is available in Zulip today via Zulip's public archive tool (https://github.com/zulip/zulip-archive). Many larger OSS projects using Zulip, like Rust, Julia, and Lean Prover, use it.

    We expect to have a native feature allowing a configurable set of streams to be browsed using a real Zulip web app UI without creating an account, available in beta in the next few weeks; we're actively integrating the implementation via https://github.com/zulip/zulip/pull/18532.

    We plan to look at optional search indexing in that native implementation once the logged-out access feature is complete complete.

  • GitHub repo Zulip

    Zulip server and web app—powerful open source team chat

    Search engine indexing is available in Zulip today via Zulip's public archive tool (https://github.com/zulip/zulip-archive). Many larger OSS projects using Zulip, like Rust, Julia, and Lean Prover, use it.

    We expect to have a native feature allowing a configurable set of streams to be browsed using a real Zulip web app UI without creating an account, available in beta in the next few weeks; we're actively integrating the implementation via https://github.com/zulip/zulip/pull/18532.

    We plan to look at optional search indexing in that native implementation once the logged-out access feature is complete complete.

  • GitHub repo selfhost

    Selfhost your Forem Community on your own infrastructure 🎉

    We (I work for Forem) have an opensource selfhost installer [0] so you can have total control over your data and community too.

    [0] https://github.com/forem/selfhost

  • GitHub repo Talkyard

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

    > > after few months I can't update to a new version

    > forum owners often won't upgrade their website ... plugins that likely will break

    Maybe then it'd make sense if I mentioned Talkyard (which I'm developing) https://www.talkyard.io (open source) — it has automatic upgrades. There's not yet any plugin system, instead currently "everything" is built-in, and there are (unfortunately) fewer features.

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