As we’re gearing up for 2020, it’s time for HostBalls to graduate and take a step forward. I’m toying with a wild idea, but I want your thoughts. Let me prepare you for the idea first, share with you my thought process, and see where you sit.
The top complaints about HB are:
- The name (I was drunk, we all know this)
- Discourse-specific functionality (like thread scrolling)
My thought is that while we’ve done some great things here, it’s not too late to reinvent ourselves. We can rename, we can move from Discourse. The data sets of Discourse are nearly impossible to move, the beta branch is better supported by the devs than the stable branch on Discourse, and our DB schema has changed a lot since the last “stable” release. So those two+ year old plugins that claim to be able to perform migrations, that ain’t happening.
Can we do something crazy enough to work? Can we reinvent ourselves with a fresh database, archive HB to a subdomain (and redirect the root domain to the new one), and blow up in a whole new way for 2020? Am I crazy or do you think we can pull it off?
- I like things how they are
- The jump could be good for us