[quote=“sinistersnare, post:1, topic:611”]
I don’t think you will have a lot of luck convincing users at large to sign up for reddit. It’s still first and foremost a platform that prides itself on its support of things like harassment campaigns, bigotry and sharing of stolen intimate photographs.
Most people will want to stay way clear of reddit, even if there is the occasional moderated technical discussion forum nestled within the site. It shouldn’t be the central discussion forum that we herd users towards or the community that we’re particularly reaching out to.[/quote]
While I respect that you want to avoid reddit, I doubt this applies to “most people” or even very many, as there are many high traffic programming subreddits and I have rarely heard that sentiment expressed anywhere on the internet. (I don’t want to drag a discussion of reddit into this, so I won’t go into more detail than that.)
I’m the same, although I don’t like the big avatar display and ‘how to respond’ boilerplate surrounding each message. Less nitpicky, there seems to be a fairly long delay between sending a response email and seeing it on the site; it would be nice if whoever hosts the Discourse forum could look into that. (Edit: To quantify, I recently had a 15 minute delay between sending a reply and getting it back from the forum. With the two messages I originally tried to send in lieu of this post, it was 2 and 5 minutes, respectively, before “Email issue – No Content”. Either way, most mailing lists will process messages in seconds.)
I would feel put off if, as a non-contributor, I had to get explicit permission to post the very occasional messages to internals discussions I currently do. I guess those messages may not be particularly valuable.
(…and I just had to post this manually on the site after Discourse informed me that inline replies were not supported. Ouch… this is quite annoying and would be good to fix.)