Originally posted on VentureBeat:


Praise the Lord and pass the Diet Mountain Dew! Jeff Atwood, founder of developer hive Stack Overflow, has aimed his mighty brain at forums.

“Forums are the dark matter of the web, the B-movies of the Internet. But they matter,” Atwood writes on his personal blog.

The problem: They’re hideous, with design templates that haven’t changed much since the dawn of the Internet. The solution: Discourse, an open-source product Atwood & Co. have been brewing for about a year.

Atwood says Discourse will eventually do for forums what WordPress did for blogs. Remember how hideous blogs were in 199N? Remember LiveJournal? Imagine that forums are currently in that state, and Discourse will eventually bring them up to the state of blogs today, where any John Q. Consumer with decent WiFi can have a beautifully designed forum up and running in short order, complete with one-click paid hosting.


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