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Discourse Comments

Extremely fragile nesting of dependencies. Very poor support. Monolithic development oversight. 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by rightsfight
about Discourse 14 days ago

Not ready for production. This product is high on promise, but needs another 3 to 5 years to mature (if it survives that long).
A great range of promised features, but not ready for prime time. Consider other products.
Discourse is not production worthy. It is extremely fragile, with a long list of inter-dependencies on other products, with any updates to any in the long chain easily breaking Discourse.
Despite being recommended to install inside of Docker, Discourse's very fragile dependencies also mean it does not do well outside of a very narrow set of platform configuration options (alternative Linux distros problematic).
Riddled with a vast array security issues, that do not appear to be taken into consideration.
Support is very poor, with a long list of backlogged issues still unresolved. The community is very active, and attempts to help but is very scattered in the support provided. Oversight of support and development is by a single developer that has a reputation for being very immature, very insecure, and often deletes any criticisms and many of the bug reports.
If the product matures, check in again in 3 to 5 years to see if improved, otherwise do not consider using this product in any production environment.

[Edited by rightsfight, November 20]

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Awesome forum software -1 Helpful

Positive Comment by Thelle
about Discourse Jan 2014

Discourse is pretty awesome forum software - best I've tried!

If it could to voting and edit suggestion like Small Quora iconQuora it would be completely killer!

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