Community Forum: Discourse?

Chris Moore moore.christopher515 at
Sun Jun 12 00:36:27 UTC 2022

Much of the features are listed on their site
<>, but below are some that feel like an
improvement to current platforms:

   1. Topic categorization, which allows filtering of posts based on things
   such as *frameworks*, *general discussion*, *code questions*.
   From a user's perspective they aren't posting into a separate channel,
   just attaching headers to their topic.
   2. Social-based login - users don't have to sign up to the application
   and can easily just use their own gmail, GitHub, or other social accounts.
   3. Modern UI. I feel this is a given but there is something to be said
   when it comes to first impressions of a platform. Being told that IRC or
   lispforum <> is where people communicate becomes a
   hard pass for those that are familiar with Modern Web UIs. With the revamp
   of and creation of, it's
   at least become apparent that to help grow the Common Lisp community there
   is some change that needs to be made on that front.
   4. Open Source - and not just that but an ability to gain these items
   and more by just talking to the Discourse team and seeing if they would
   provide a hosted solution for Common Lisp. There are more details on this
   free hosting here <>. We may be able to
   reserve *
   <>*. Should we need to scale up
   there are discounts for Open source projects, as well as a means to perform
   migrations to a self-hosted platform.

I assume when you refer to a plan to reach "critical mass", you're
referring to how we're going to increase adoption of this forum. We would
need to make modifications to the aforementioned
and community pages to include this discourse forum
as the forum for general Common Lisp discussion, and advertise its creation
in the lang Google Group/Reddit/IRC.

I do have concerns on community splitting, as we'd now have a subreddit,
google group (wasn't aware of this one), and now a Discourse forum. Though
with this requirement being posted in the contributions needed
<> list I'd initially assumed the
pros/cons had been evaluated.

Altogether though, if adoption fails, Discourse will shut down the forum
after two-three months of no usage.

On Sat, Jun 11, 2022 at 5:48 PM Daniel Herring <dherring at>

> Hi Chris,
> There have been many community forums over the years.  comp.lang.lisp,
> irc.freenode (now #lisp on, (locked after
> conversations stopped), ...
> Two questions:  1.  Why Discourse?  2.  How will you achieve "critical
> mass"?
> Thanks,
> Daniel
> On Sat, 11 Jun 2022, Chris Moore wrote:
> > Hey folks -
> >
> > In CL's contribution list one of the open items is for establishing a
> community forum.
> >
> > Coming from Elixir, much of the community has fallen under Elixirforum,
> with Rust, Clojure, and even recently Racket opening their own Discourse
> forums.
> >
> > Altogether, I get a lot of use out of it w/ Elixir, and it seems to be a
> popular solution for establishing a community hub.
> >
> > They provide free hosted solutions for Open Source projects, which we
> can infer Racket received based on their URL. I can discuss with the
> Discourse team what our options are given there is no real Common Lisp open
> source project. If all else fails I can check out
> > self-hosted solutions as $100/month is pretty hefty.
> >
> > If no one has already begun work on a community forum, I can take this
> up.
> > --
> > CHRISTOPHER MOOREmoore.christopher515 at
> >
> >

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