Discourse’s Third Birthday

Jeff Atwood February 5, 2016

As of today, it’s been three years since we launched Discourse as a public project.


How time flies when you’re having fun! As birthday present, I’m pleased to announce that as of this morning – literally, this morning – we now own our domain name:

The domain was previously owned by Educational Testing Services, aka the non-profit company behind the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. If you’re curious what used to be there, check out the wayback machine. That domain went permanently offline in 2006.


We’ve had no issues with being for the last three years, but we’re proud to now carry the concept of Discourse forward on the web under the hallowed dot-com banner — free, modern open-source discussion software available to any community that needs it.

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  1. Happy Birthday! :confetti_ball: :gift: :confetti_ball:

  2. Avatar for downey downey says:

    Happy birthday! I feeling old coming from the red/blue pill days.

    It’s good to have the .com domain name, but I’d argue the general cultural expectation is for an open source project to run under a .org domain. :slight_smile:

  3. Congratulations to the entire team!

  4. Congratulations to the discourse team.

  5. In this case they could be more like WordPress and move the hosting portion over to the .com

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