As promised by the team, Discourse has just hit V1.0. As Jeff Atwood says the version number is mostly arbitrary, but it shows that the software is ready for rapid adoption in communities everywhere.
Version numbers are arbitrary, yes, but V1 does signify something in public. We believe Discourse is now ready for wide public use.
That’s not to say Discourse can’t be improved – I have a mile-long list of things we still want to do. But products that are in perpetual beta are a cop-out. Eventually you have to ditch the crutch of the word “beta” and be brave enough to say, yes, we’re ready.
They have also unveiled their hosting service, which (I’m assuming) makes it stupidly easy to set up and use Discourse.
I set up Discourse as my comment system and I have been nothing but impressed with it. I would recommend Discourse to anyone needing some sort of discussion community.
Congrats to the Discourse team on the accomplishment!