I generally refrain from this sort of comments, but “discourse” has truly an horrible UI for me.
Crappy search, combined with the worst “compose/reply” panel I’ve seen in a while. It’s hilarious how stuff keeps popping up in the preview panel. And those badges I cannot remove? Not to mention, on my slow/flaky GPRS connection, everything keeps timing out. The message that I’ve successfully posted keeps reappearing because it probably failed to sync in the background once.
This combined with the worst mailing list “interface” I’ve ever seen. The text part of the generate message looks like a joke. And I guess I need to get a certain “karma” to be able to use it, as currently I’m not allowed to post through it anyway.
I wasn’t a fan of google groups, but at least I could follow the mailing list normally, and through gmane as well. I consider this a big advantage for developers. Discourse completely kills this functionality.
I’m not happy about the transition.