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    Simple Machines Forum — SMF in short — is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes. Its powerful custom made template engine puts you in full control of the...

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    MyBB is the free and open source, intuitive, extensible, and incredibly powerful forum software you've been looking for. With everything from forums to threads, posts to private messages, search to profiles, and reputation to...

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    vBulletin (abbreviated as vB) is a commercial Internet forum software produced by Jelsoft Enterprises. It is written in PHP using a MySQL database server.

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    Get Satisfaction

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    IP.Board

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    XenForo

    A compelling community experience. Intuitive. Social. Engaging. Fast. XenForo brings a fresh outlook to forum software.

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    Vanilla

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    WoltLab Burning Board is a fast, professional and reliable discussion board solution for your internet site.

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    ZeroTalk

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    • ZeroTalk requires Zeronet to run, while anyone with an internect connection can connect to discourse. Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Mybema

    Mybema is a free and open source online community platform built using Ruby on Rails. It allows you to run and manage a self-hosted community that you control.

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    YaBB

    YaBB is a free Perl forum (bulletin board) system that has rivaled professional message boards for years. YaBB provides chat for visitors where they can post any time and reply to anyone!.

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    It's basically a closed source self hosted new and re-thinked forum solution, which can also work as commenting system.

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    GZ Forum Scripts

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    PHP Forum Script

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    GraphComment

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Discourse Comments

Extremely fragile nesting of dependencies. Very poor support. Monolithic development oversight. 2 Helpful

Negative Comment by rightsfight
about Discourse Nov 2016

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 -2 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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