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.
Congrats to the Discourse team on the accomplishment!