Introducing Boing Boing BBS, our new forums

This morning we announced that we were saying "goodbye" to Disqus comments and "hello" to Discourse, a fantastic new forum system from Jeff Atwood and company. Now the time's come to flip the switch! Go check out right away.

How does it differ from what we had before? Read this earlier post, first, which covers the basics.

The tl;dr: Threads at the forum will be automatically generated when we post, and the best comments will appear on posts just as they do now used to. Editors and moderators will hand-pick some, whereas a mysterious algorithm will promote others. Be sure to read the Community Guidelines.

You can create threads of your own, too, and enjoy all the fancy new features that Discourse--a completely open-source platform--affords.

Discourse and our designers have got lots planned, too, so expect to see plenty of tweaks and changes in the coming days and months. And don't be shy about telling us what you like, what you don't like, and what features you'd like to see added (or removed!).

Boing Boing BBS, our new forums

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  1. Welcome to the first recursively self-referential crossposting.

  2. pesco says:

    "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."

    "How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.

    "You must be," said the Cat, "otherwise you wouldn't have come here."

  3. agro says:

    How do I play TradeWars on this ?

  4. I've heard about this platform's ability to stop trolls in their
    tracks and quench the shenanigans of flamers on CBC's Spark.

    BoingBoing already had a feature to stop trolls in their tracks, called Antinous.

  5. I can't really see this happening personally, unless I'm missing something.

    Comments that get a lot of likes on BB are by no means from regulars - in fact us regulars are likely a major reason why BB decided to remove the standard comment system in the first place.

    I think what you're likely to see is the exact opposite of what you describe - which is awesome!

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