Discourse is a thoroughly modern open source online forum software on steroids. Everything about it screams five minutes from now – easy social networking logons, nice-n-easy markup to compose topics, a bleeding-edge Docker install, and a kind of no-page-refresh-necessary interaction that seems to me to be the new must have: are you listening WordPress Core?
Interacting with a truly interactive website – as Discourse demonstrates – where everything stays up to date, page refreshes are occasional, with new information and changes happening as if on a local app and on-the-fly – well, again, this seems to me a real iteration of the whole web experience.
I managed to use the WordPress Discourse plugin to integrate the two platforms and as you can surmise: hope to push the WordPress team to open up the d/Discourse just a bit more.
The web is alive!