re: What happened to good ol' forums? VIEW POST


There's another post around here somewhere asking the same question. The consensus is that live chat is faster. Of course, there's the argument for persistence and topics that forums bring, but I for one would rather have a faster response for a simple question.

I suppose it depends on several factors as to which platform the question-asker decides to post. For in-depth questions I would post to a forum.


Honestly, I think forums are making a comeback. Options like Slack are only getting more expensive.

I was just reading a blog post about making your own small social network and it's really resonating with me. You get better (and searchable) interactions with your community.

Is there a good self-hosted forum software package out there?


Yeah, I would use Discourse. Setup is gnarly though if you're not familiar with Docker.

Good thing I just wrote a post about automating Docker scripts with Bash. 😎


You're on it. is open source. Also Mastodon

Mastodon makes searching hard. I didn't realize was open source though!

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