A brief discussion today brought up the possibility of building up the functionality of the forum by use of the plugins that have been developed for Discourse.
some options to start us off (mostly taken from the top plugins on the Discourse site):
- 1 A button to choose best ‘solution’ in a given thread like StackExchange
- 2 Voting on topics
- 3 Chat plugin (1)
- 4 Chat plugin (2)
- 5 Topic previews as part of the topic lists
- 6 Math notation using LaTex
- 7 In-house translation of topics (maximum number of translations allowed per month, using Microsoft API at the moment)
You can see more here: https://meta.discourse.org/c/plugin
These could allow us to make more use of the forum, avoiding having to expand out to many more platforms (e.g. we wouldn’t need to carve out a niche in area51.stackexchange.com).