Purpose: mailing list and forum
- self hosted
- ? (ask Guy) docker setup per discourse install
Here are various reasons cribbed from other people's transitions (so there is clear selection bias - I did not look for "we moved to discourse but then returned back to google groups" or "why we will never move to discourse"
Personally, I find the following an improvement over google groups: - code blocks (copying and pasting code into the google groups interface always tends to look bad) - the ability to edit posts - the ability to move threads to different categories (i.e. posts to julia-dev which should have gone to julia-users, etc)
- Selectively subscribe to certain topics/categories of discussion and not others. - Selectively see threads that reach certain quality/interest thresholds. - Take links directly from where one reads messages (I really dislike the Google groups interface, so I use Gmail for reading messages, but then getting a link to a post is a real pain; the Discourse interface is much better). - Real tools for moderation, management and administration. - Active, open development Google Groups is not only proprietary, but it's also effectively abandonware.