As we continue to try out Discourse as our discussion forums software, we welcome feedback!
Here are the latest updates:
- So far: 23 users; 23 topics; 82 posts; 36 likes. To learn where that all fits into the grand scheme of things, see the Tweet embedded below.
- Our impressions and early feedback from the community have been generally quite positive. We really like what we see with the new platform and we are 99% committed to a full change.
- The “open beta” period nevertheless continues, and your feedback is still quite welcome in the comments, through our contact page, or directly in the forums: https://discourse.saylor.org/t/what-do-you-think-about-discourse/35
- This week, we will announce a soft “content freeze” for the existing forums at forums.saylor.org. During the soft content freeze, we will actively encourage users to join the currently-beta Discourse forums.
- A hard content freeze will follow in early February, followed by a re-launch of the forums on their new platform and at the new location. After the hard freeze, “forums.saylor.org” will be set to re-direct to the new location and logins and posting at the existing forums will be disabled.
We still must determine: (a) how best to archive existing forums content (worst-case scenario is that we rely on archived pages available at the Internet Archive through the WayBack Machine); (b) how best to direct discussion/assignment prompts that currently ask students to post to the forums — that is, we have yet to decide whether these should simply point to the new forums, point to (e.g.) our testing center, or be re-formulated to encourage topical discussion rather than specific assignments.
Some early 2015 Discourse stats: ~3k unique sites, 4.1m users, 1.5m topics, 14.6m posts so far! pic.twitter.com/kmJR8SmMCG
— Discourse (@discourse) January 22, 2015