Discourse Made Our Forums Great Again

A screenshot of our discourse forums

The subdomain to access the forums has changed from community.ioquake.org to discourse.ioquake.org. Please update your bookmarks and note that you might see some error messages in your browser during the transition if you visit the old URL. We’re still working out the best method to redirect old traffic to the new site.

Here’s why:

Back in 2013 we moved our forums to the new open source forum software on the block, Discourse.

It has been easier to maintain these forums than our old ones which used phpbb 3. With phpbb we got so much spam that we had to routinely shut down registration, manually approve users, and resort to bringing new moderators on board to team up for spam account deletion parties.

With Discourse, we get so much less spam, practically none in the almost 3 years since we switched.

Discourse forums are also much easier to read on modern browsers and mobile devices. It’s a flat design that doesn’t overwhelm new users with categories at first glance. Replies can be in the topic or you can create a new topic if you don’t want to derail the current one. Topics update in real-time so you are less likely to post the same thing as somebody else. Replies to an individual post can be read without losing your place in the topic.

The news today is that we’re in the process of moving from our self-hosted installation to Discourse’s official hosting. It took just a few moments to pull the levers to upload our backup from the old forums and switch. The forums should be more reliable, faster to access, and despite the transition we have retained all of the posts on the forums since we moved to Discourse in 2013. We are extremely thankful to the Discourse team for providing this service to our project as well as other open source projects.

If you have any questions, issues, or just want to chat post to the forum or feel free to email me directly zachary@ioquake.org. We’re also on twitter where you can ping me or the ioquake3 project.

Start the discussion at discourse.ioquake.org