Conversations, not pages
Why break conversations into awkward and arbitrary pages, where you have to constantly find the Next Page button?
We've replaced all that with the power of just-in-time loading. Want to read more? Keep scrolling down.
Get notifications when mentioned
It's difficult to have a conversation when you can't hear anyone.
When someone quotes your post, we'll notify you. When someone mentions your @name, we'll notify you. When someone replies to your post… well, you get the idea.
Simple, but with context
Discourse is a simple, flat forum, where replies flow down the page in a line.
Expandable replies are attached to the bottom and top of each post, so you can discover the fuller context of the conversation – without breaking your flow.
Smartphone and tablet friendly
Discourse was designed for high resolution touch devices, and has a built in mobile layout.
Move back and forth freely between your laptop, your tablet, and your smartphone without the constant irritation of being told this forum has an app, do you want it?
Links automatically expand
Want to share a cool link you found? Just paste it in on a single line and we'll make it awesome.
Links to Wikipedia, YouTube, Amazon, GitHub, Twitter, Flickr and dozens of other popular web sites automatically expand to provide additional context and information.
Reply while you read
With Discourse, you can respond while you continue to read, altering your reply and adding new quotes from others as you explore the topic! You can even jump around to other topics.
We'll save your spot – and your response – even if you finish on a different computer.
Reply as a linked topic
You don't want to interrupt this conversation, but a post just reminded you of a related topic you'd like to share.
No problem! Use "Reply as new topic" to start a related conversation – and both topics will be visibly connected together.
The goal of every link is to be clicked – so every link posted in Discourse shows a live click count.
We also track incoming links, so if a post you made becomes super popular, we'll tell you how on a line directly under the post.
Real time updates
If a topic changes while you are reading or responding to it, new replies appear automatically without refreshing the page.
As new topics arrive, they also appear at the top of the list.
Remembers your place
Don't worry about reading an entire topic in one sitting – we'll always save your place for you.
Log in with … anything
Use your Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or GitHub credentials to log in. Or set up single sign-on with your existing website.
Paste to share images
Want to share an image? Just copy and paste it in. Or drag and drop it in! Posting LOLCats has never been this easy.
Search that actually works
Discourse offers a unified, automatically scoped search on every page: just start typing and get results instantly as you type.
As users participate by reading and posting, they gain trust. With that trust, they gain powerful abilities to help maintain the forum and push out trolls and spammers.
Bring your friends
Once you're trusted, you can click a button to invite your friends via email and they can reply to your topic with a single click.
Your stuff belongs to you
Our default discussion license is Creative Commons, but you can choose to maximize rights for the site owner or your users.