[Pulp-dev] [Pulp-list] Github Discussions

David Davis daviddavis at redhat.com
Thu Jun 17 17:10:23 UTC 2021

I was rather surprised but Discourse did approve us for a free plan. The
instance has been set up at https://pulp.discourse.group/. Feel free to try
it out and experiment with it.

However, the main limitation I see is the 50k pageviews per month limit.
For reference, community.theforeman.org gets about 160-220k pageviews per
month. So I think this would end up being a problem. I also checked with
OSCI though and they apparently have experience with setting up Discourse
instances for other open source communities. So I think they might be
willing to set up a Discourse instance for us. I'm going to follow up and

If we go this route, then we can also add the calendar plugin which would
give us a public calendar like foreman has:


I'm imagining we can use this to list events that are open to the public
like triage/open floor and perhaps plugin team meetings.

The more I use Discourse, the more I feel like it ticks all the boxes from
granular notifications (weekly digests, ability to follow/unfollow
categories, etc) to a mailing list mode users can enable to SSO integration
with services like Github.


On Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 7:59 PM Neal Gompa <ngompa13 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 7:21 PM David Davis <daviddavis at redhat.com> wrote:
> >
> > One of the main reasons we wanted to move off mailing lists is that
> signing up is inconvenient for users that may just want to ask a single
> question. But I agree that Github Discussions is not so great if users want
> to periodically monitor news and discussions for a project like Pulp. I
> wonder perhaps if Discourse[0] would be a better fit (see Foreman's use of
> discourse as an example[1]). It provides a mailing list mode that users can
> enable if they want to interact solely via email. And also, it also offers
> more granular control of notifications and auth with services like Github.
> >
> The Fedora mailing list system (HyperKitty) actually manages to strike
> a good balance here. You can sign in with OIDC/Social Login with
> Fedora, Google, etc. and post to a list and only be subscribed to that
> thread. Or you can subscribe to the whole list and do things like we
> do now.
> > One of the main concerns we've had around using Discourse is hosting it
> ourselves but it does look like Discourse provides a free plan for open
> source projects[2]. It has some limitations (not sure if they'd be an issue
> for us?) but I've submitted an application to see if we qualify. I should
> hear back in a couple days.
> >
> I suspect not, but it'd be an interesting surprise if we qualified.
> --
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