Blender Artists on Discourse is now 1 year old!

I almost missed this, but on May 6 2018 we made the switch from vBulletin to Discourse. After an initial period where everyone (including us) had to get used to our new home, I feel that we have seen quite a bit of improvement in the community ‘atmosphere’ here. As a result, we now see almost twice the activity as one year ago! (see the number of page views and user visits below, for example).

Site usage graphs

Important reasons for this are a more effective Moderator team (who are greatly helped with Discourse’s fantastic community reporting features), as well as our very active ‘Trust Level 3’ users, who help us scout for featured art and give continuous feedback on how things work here. Thanks for your continuous help everyone! :clap:

I am also very happy with the amazing support from the Discourse team. Even though we’re not a paying user (we’re self-hosted), they always quickly respond to issues that we have or to feature suggestions. Very similar to Blender development, you really can’t beat the user support from an active open source company! Discourse is also very regularly updated with great features - including ones that make our life as moderators easier. Keep an eye on the regular release notes I post in #site-feedback:site-improvements

All in all I feel lucky and privileged that I got the chance to continue the work of all the previous hosts of Blender Artists: Timothy, Roel and of course Jonathan & Wes. Being able to provide a home for the Blender community is an honor!

On to the next year!


It’s really been a great evolution. I certainly visit the site more than I used to! Thank you guys for making it a wonderful place. I look forward to seeing those numbers continue to rise! :grin:

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Congratulations! While I have never used the vBulletin version of the site, I really do enjoy the way it works now. Thank you for keeping the forums running strong and I wish you luck with the next year. :smiley:

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Wow! It is already 1 year since the switch! I didn’t realise that it was that long ago. Looks like time went a bit too quickly for me.

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Good to see the traffic going up, especially as that is sadly not the case for many forums.

What that shows is that this site is heading in the right direction, which ultimately could mean better and faster development of the Blender project itself.

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Blender Artists moved on Discourse is absolute right choice.

Discourse is designed the 100% open source discussion platform built for the next 10 years of the Internet.

Also, Start Blender 2.8 is designed the 100% open source All in one 3D software built for the next 10 years .

Yeah! Discourse and Blender is located 2 diff fields, but they’re have one the same mission.

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The forum was good before but it is even better now. Great work! :smiley:

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3 posts were split to a new topic: About the future of forums

At first glance I thought: “Hey, is Blender Artists also on Discord?” :slightly_smiling_face: