What is forum software? To us, forum software is a group of people interested in a common topic who are willing to type paragraphs to each other on a web page. Yes, there is Twitter for very short form, there is web chat and IRC for real time with limited persistence, there is Tumblr for micro-blogging, and there are blogs for, well, blogging. But we believe forums are a fundamental building block of web community. Here's a screenshot of a forum as it existed in the year 2000, alongside a screenshot of the same forum as it exists today. http://try.discourse.org/ _______________ To me it seems stylish but it over-simplifies forum platforms and it isn't exactly very tidy. The current forum structure of the popular forums such as IPB, XenForo, phpBB, vBulletin isn't amazing but it works just fine. At the end of the day, it depends on the Web Development Team to create a modernized forum based on these Platforms. Is there a big future to 'Discourse' and could it pose a ''large threat" to the above forum solutions? Mind you, it does require a VPS and Shared Hosting will simply not be sufficient to run this. What are your thoughts on this? Would Techspot possibly take on this forum software? (my whole stance on this is neutral, for now, It seems il be sticking to phpBB on my website until 'Discourse' ''improves'').