I just wanted to say I’m very impressed with the Discourse software used for this forum. It’s like a forum and chat room at the same time, the way it updates without refreshing the page. Amazing idea! I would want to de-clutter it a bit more for the benefit of our older neighbors, but it’s very much like what I want to set up. One gimmick I would like to tack on would be to make each member’s user profile work like a personal blog to increase engagement.
I’ve actually corresponded with one of the software’s authors. He writes http://blog.codinghorror.com/ and also featured Dawson Neighborhood’s belated Nextdoor forum seizure in his neighborhood blog at http://www.yesincludeme.com/nextdoorcom-inc.html