The new beta is here and there are a handful of really cool features added to Discourse that a number of us have wanted for a long time. And if you’re wondering, the stable version of 2.0 has a planned release of late May.
A new admin dashboard
This is the product of Sarah Hawk’s drive to increase the understanding of your community’s health via statistics and graphs on the admin Dashboard. And I must say from personal use that it really does tell a much better story than the previous charts of numbers. Well done, team!
Hiding core-shipped plugins
Discourse is now hiding plugins on the Plugins page (
/admin/plugins) that come with a standard installation. This makes a lot of sense as these are basically core features of Discourse.
Theme for changing like icon
This is a pretty common request amongst ProCourse clients. So it’s nice to be able to point users to a theme that anyone can install and make the edit.
Jeff Atwood posted an interesting article on Meta about a pretty advanced method of hacking Discourse. And in true Discourse fashion, it has sparked a conversation about how to mitigate such an attack for others in the future.
Restricting category access
Roughly two out of every three ProCourse clients ask about this in some way. “How do I give special access to my special members?” Well, there’s finally an FAQ on that exact topic.
Fair Play Alliance
Discourse has officially joined the Fair Play Alliance. As FPA says on their site:
We envision a world where games are free of harassment, discrimination, and abuse, and where players can express themselves through play.