It's not a must, but doing it will save quite a bit of space when your forum gets large.
Google and indexing
Just curious how the SEO of NodeBB and saw this slightly older post and was curious if you all ever cracked this nut, or if Discourse did. They did have an interesting explanation of how SEO worked for them on Discourse and I am about to Google search for some things on this message board, curious to see how everything all shows up.
I just posted that question on SO to flamebait Jeff Atwood Just kidding
Yes we figured it out, as per the link above, we are showing up on the discussions tab on Google now Not sure if discourse has yet...
I don't think so..