Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?


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    @johnsonjohnson said in Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?:

    Ruby on Rails is somehow history is absolute nonsense.

    Have to agree. I don't use it much now, but overall I think it's a great platform with a lot of value and we always consider it for projects.


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    @cregox said in Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?:

    i haven't ever really used slack, but i'm assuming that most of you have, and you're still here, so there must be something more about the forums...

    Slack is like an advanced instant messaging platform. It's great for real time "meeting replacements". But it's all but useless as a forum.

    I think of it as ephemeral posting vs. archived discussion. Slack is for shooting the poo or finding a quick fix to a team's problems. It replaces sitting around a table with a coffee (or a beer.)

    But a forum allows for a knowledge base, with peer review, and updates. And good ones, such as this one and others, can be so fast that they effectively allow for instant messaging as well.


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    @cregox said in Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?:

    which is better? there's no comparison if this is really the case!

    While I'm a huge NodeBB fan and use it in multiple places, I don't feel like there is a "one tool for all cases" potential out there. We tried replacing some internal corporate tools with NodeBB and it just didn't work for us that well. And even my biggest NodeBB community still hangs out on Telegram for the most random of chats.

    Just like email, instant messaging, and traditional telephone calls (and now the resurgence of teleconferencing) have all survived alongside each other all this time with none being obviously able to replace the others, I think forums are just one of those tools. Each serves a purpose different enough that they can't overtake each other.

    Similarly... books, pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, fold out maps... all printed words, but each format survived because it served a different purpose. Hundreds of years of mass printing, we never merged formats. I think digital words will remain the same.


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    @scottalanmiller Exactly. Forums are but one arrow in the quiver. Be pretty silly to expect a single arrow to handle all duties. And if, by some miracle, it could, I bet it would do so in a pretty mediocre manner as a consequence of trying to be too much for too many applications. Despite the ever increasing pressure towards homogeneity, there is still much wisdom in "the unix way".


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    @scottalanmiller said in Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?:

    Just like email, instant messaging, and traditional telephone calls

    Hell, I know some projects I follow still use mailing lists and IRC to communicate. IRC is not that much of a stretch, but I think I'm a little too young to have experienced the hey-dey of mailing lists... showing my age 😊



  • some tools persist because they're useful and nothing really replaces some of their core features (smtp), others because of people inability to move on (whatsapp, myspace, flaming).

    but keep in mind that outdated tools are replaced into oblivion all the time (altavista, geocities, 8 ball), even if some of them resurrect later (vynil).

    i might have underplayed scuttlebutt quite a bit there, though, when i said nodebb might have the edge on this view...

    in any case, thanks for vocalising some opinions there! i'll leave that idea on the "big perhaps" for now.


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    @julian said in Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?:

    Just like email, instant messaging, and traditional telephone calls

    Hell, I know some projects I follow still use mailing lists and IRC to communicate. IRC is not that much of a stretch, but I think I'm a little too young to have experienced the hey-dey of mailing lists... showing my age 😊

    God dude, these are still my preferred modes. I marvel at the latest and greatest new fangled gadgets of the day marketed to the unwashed masses. And then I kick myself in the arse that I did not repackage one of those functionalities for those either unwilling or incapable of utilizing command line driven tools and/or focused more on bling than function.

    Quick one off question? Hit the dev channel on Freenode. Something more involved? Maybe need to be "documented" a bit more than a pastebin? Hit the project's list server. List servers are the preferred mode for some of the largest FOSS projects in the world, e.g. LKML. I hate having to get on Slack, google groups, etc., all of which require accounts and involved in big data collection. No thanks.

    Quick example: Julian et.al. use slack for company, internal use. I would have just thrown up a ZNC instance and had folks jack into a "party line" and kept it under my own roof. But... I guess that would not have necessarily worked out well for non dev/geek personnel who depend on clickery to get pretty much most all things done.

    Oh snap! Not a good option. Maybe we can think of another? Hmm... ah, bring up an in house usenset server that you do not connect to usenet. The original groupware.

    Alas, we crave new and shinny things. Even if they're not necessarily all that much better. They're new. Hip. Cannot get caught wearing last year's fashions in modern times, eh?

    My $0.02.


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    @gotwf said in Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?:

    Quick example: Julian et.al. use slack for company, internal use.

    Quick bit of history... We used to use Skype. Then I forced the guys on to Slack because I could set custom emoji.

    Of all the ways to convince a team to switch, you couldn't have thought that'd be why... but alas 🐶 🐱

    They like their Skype emoji, so the first thing I did was upload all the Skype emoji onto slack


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    @julian said in Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?:

    They like their Skype emoji, so the first thing I did was upload all the Skype emoji onto slack

    I've seen the behaviour many times.

    Now it is GIF support more than emojis!


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    @julian Holy, holy, guacamole! 🥑

    Heh, just tossin' out a bit more historical perspective. Private USENET server as backbone for in house groupware, circa late 90's. O'Reilly even had a book about it. 😜

    @scottalanmiller said in Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?:

    @julian said in Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?:

    They like their Skype emoji, so the first thing I did was upload all the Skype emoji onto slack

    I've seen the behaviour many times.

    Now it is GIF support more than emojis!

    God, I am a real dinosaur - dislike gifs and consider them "unsupported" on my boards. Bari's new emoji, for e.g., hurts my eyes. Or more likely my brain. Maybe getting to be too old and lacking zen focus - those flashy bling attention getter things pulls my eyes to them and I get distracted. Maybe partly because they're typically ads I rarely see due to running a pretty tight browser and I am not "desensitized" enough to ignore. Nothing against Baris, just a convenient example. As long as he grooves on it it's all good.

    I expected APNG would have superceded GIF's by now but seems to not be getting that much traction?


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    @johnsonjohnson said in Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?:

    @gotwf's claim that Ruby on Rails is somehow history is absolute nonsense. So is the claim that it's somehow hard to customize and scale.

    Most people who make such claims have no idea what Rails actually is. They've never used it, or at least never developed anything substantial with it. In addition they've often spent most of their lives learning something else and is therefore reluctant to vouch for anything new regardless of what it is.

    @gotwf said in Which is better NodeBB or Discourse?:

    .... bunches o' snippage....

    • Rails vs. NodeJS: Are you kidding? Was an early adopter of Rails back, circa 2003/4 or so? It rocked at that time as an alternative to then php stuff sporting the serious security hole of the day/week. Or so it seemed - php was pretty sketchy for a while there. Fast forward a decade and a half and it's freakin' no contest! Rails is all but history/legacy, at least in my mind.

    Pretty sure I was using RAILS before most people hereabouts. Used to own the first edition of "the pick axe book" before some asshat "borrowed" it from my cube and never returned. That was copyrighted 2004 and I'd been using ROR for at least several months prior. It was a dandy alternative to the php security hole of the week. Fast forward to more modern times and I'd prefer to use else. But then I have also not used ROR in a decade so.... my impression may well be outdated.

    But whatever. The above was an opinion. Your mileage may vary.

    But it is cool that you feel passionate enough about ROR to create an account to post a rebuttal to something I posted nearly a year prior. So, @johnsonjohnson, welcome to NodeBB. You've tried the rest and found the best (TM) 👍

    P.S.; Even recounting that history has me pissed off again because they also stole my first edition copy of "The Pragmatic Programmer". Never replaced either. Fsck'ing hate thieves.


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