Discourse is an open-source discussion software which is a simple, flat forum, where replies flow down the page in a line. It can add a social element to discussion and information sharing among the user's visitors. As it's an open source project, the users are welcome to make any coding changes that best fit their own individual needs.
Hang out and have searchable public conversations with your most avid customers, superfans, and fellow team members – every day. Let everyone discover what you do, how you do it, and follow along if they like. Private conversation areas and whispers are supported too, along with email notifications and email replies. It has you covered.
Crowdsource a self-service knowledge hub of common questions, interesting ideas, and great conversations. Integrate seamlessly with the rest of your online presence — quickly change the look with HTML and CSS theming, allow users to easily log in with Social, Single Sign On, or oAuth 2.0.
While we believe many kinds of companies can benefit from creating a forum, here are a few example industries where this kind of deep customer engagement is particularly helpful:Gaming - for player info sharing, hints, supportForum Building Software NodeBB
Forums (bulletin boards) are not “chat rooms” where people exchange typed messages in real-time, but a discussion board on any particular topic of interest where people can follow the discussion and type in their own feedbackForum Building Software
Both, the hosted plans and the one time install provide the same set of features. The key difference between the two is that there is no support provided by Discourse for the one time install while the hosted plans come with support.Forum Building Software Discourse