One Year of Discourse

Jeff Atwood February 14, 2014

To celebrate our first birthday (a little late, I know) I’m pleased to announce we are now accepting signups for Discourse communities.

So happy birthday!

We’ve made tremendous headway towards version 1.0, and most of that is thanks to our first three beta partners:

Without these three key partners helping us work through all the kinks and bumps and rough edges, Discourse would be a shadow of the open source project it is today. It’s because these folks were willing to take a chance on a very beta project, and launch it in production with real communities, that we can all enjoy the current “hey, this is … not too bad” state of Discourse.

The project has come a long way. We’ve had a lot of Discourse installs:

And Discourse even made it into the top GitHub projects for the year 2013:

We’re now on year two of a ten year plan to improve discussion on the internet, and we’re just getting to the good stuff. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

We love working on this project. We’d love you to be a part of it too, either by signing up for a community, checking out the source code, participating in discussions, or simply spreading the word and pointing people to

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  1. It’s an exciting day! I already submitted a signup. I couldn’t resist. After growing two forums to millions of posts on vBulletin (I still have nightmares), I can’t wait to give Discourse a shot with one (or more) new community ideas I have. I promised myself I would never self-host a forum again. That’s why I’ve waited for this day so eagerly.

    Congratulations on your first birthday and thank you for what you’ve accomplished so far and continue to work on!

  2. Congrats!

    This is the first I hear of Ubuntu being an official beta partner. There wasn’t ever a writeup for that on Discourse’s end was there? Just making sure I didn’t miss anything.

    Highly recommend @jorge_castro’s “Let’s reinvigorate the watercooler” (it’s not about PC watercooling systems), it was a great read in proper Discourse spirit.

  3. Congrats guys!

    This is an awesome achievement! I wish you this year to be even more amazing than the first one.

    Keep the good work and your passion!

  4. Avatar for Yana Yana says:

    I’m happy to hear that.

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