Effective discussions. Create a discussion forum where good solutions and ideas are shown first, not lost in noise. Includes chat and blog comments features. — Brings together the best from Slack, Discourse, StackOverflow, Reddit, Disqus.

Place it at forum.yourwebsite.com
Open source Our community
The best answer is shown first, so you'll find it, although there are 30+ other answers.
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EffectiveDiscussions is good for:

Your non-profit. Talk with those you help, and your volunteers.

Your company. Help your customers. Team chat internally.

Your hobby, e.g. an open source project.

Your school or class. Let your students help each other.

Anything. A forum about relationships / games / politics ...

Help your users

See their questions and problems, sorted by importance.


Gather ideas

See ideas people have, sorted by popularity.

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Make better decisions

Best comments shown first — you'll find them and can make better decisions.

Avoid mistakes

You'll see if others disagree with a suggestion / comment — then, read the replies, to find out what the problem is.

Gather everyone at one place

No need to split your community across Forum, Chat, and blog comments. — This forum software already has such features.

Stay up-to-date

If you've been away for a while: (e.g. vacation)

  • Use the recent top topics view, to see what's happened recently.
  • In individual discussion topics, you'll find newly added comments, via the sidebar (see video).
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Build knowledge, together

Collaboratively edit wikis, upvote good answers and good ideas — and find what you need later, by searching.

Navigate large discussions

Click the arrows, to jump to the parent comment and refresh your mind. Then click Back, to jump back and continue reading. Convenient, especially on mobile phones.

Easy to find your forum

People will relatively easily find your forum when they search the Internet, because we show good comments first — and search engines like that.

Quick and simple login

Login with Google, Facebook and others. Or with username and password.

Shape your Community

Via Like and Unwantes votes, your staff and core members can shape the nature and contents of the forum. Prevent it from going off-topic and being taken over by cute kittens. Work in progress.

Free and Open Source

You can install E.D. on your own server. One installation can host many forums. Automatic software updates.