So, after seeing yet another thread questioning the necessity of this site, and especially talking crap about the software running it, I thought I’d offer my own thoughts.
Warning: it’s like 2am local time, I’m kinda vulgar and I don’t feel like taking the extra time to clean up my potty mouth so if you’re easily offended by words like “fuck” and “shit” then please kindly move on to another post. If you complain about it in a reply, I’ll tell everyone else that you use a rubber dome keyboard (no, not a Topre).
Okay, now that that’s out of the way… to start off with, before signing up here, I’m pretty sure I’d never signed up for any other Discourse-based sites. All of the thoughts following are based on 9 days of usage so far.
I cannot fucking believe that this is the first• keyboard discussion forum that has actual keyboard navigation. If you haven’t stumbled across it by accident yet, like I did, try pressing the ‘?’ key and you should see the keyboard navigation cheat sheet pop up.
• okay, technically, r/mk has some keyboard navigability if you use Reddit Enhancement Suite or if you’re using the awful new layout that makes the entire site about 30x slower.
I can’t fucking stand phpBB syntax, or Wikimedia syntax, or the dozen or so other annoying syntaxes that other sites use.
Personally, I love Markdown. I use it for GitHub, Reddit, my own personal notes on projects, basically I use Markdown a lot. The proliferation of different Markdown standards is sometimes annoying, but most of the formatting (bold, italic, headers, quotes, code blocks) I use frequently in text communication work everywhere.
Have you ever tried to use Geekhack on your phone? It’s bullshit. There’s not even an attempt at a responsive layout for mobile devices. The iPhone came out 11 years ago. Fucking get with it already, lazy BB-style forum developers!
Discourse is actually readable without pinching, zooming, or scrolling back and forth to read each line. None of the other BB-style forums I’ve seen are even close. And - as I said in another thread - thank FUCK it never prompts me to install the goddamn Tapatalk app.
Lack of “pages” in conversations
Initially I hated this. Most of the other forums I use are pretty awful at remembering where I was in a conversation, so I expected that with the lack of paging, it would be even worse here.
I have rarely been this pleased to be this wrong before. Discourse remembers EXACTLY which post I last read in every single thread and I’ve never had to worry about jumping to the right place to catch up, which was the main reason I was pissed at the lack of actual pages in the first place.
You know what? I don’t miss the page number links at the bottom. Who honestly remembers which fucking page they were on in each different 100+-page-long discussion on Geekhack? Not me, that’s for sure.
This one is 100% personal taste, but to me, the dark theme here is at the very worst inoffensive, and Geekhack’s dark theme is comically hideous.