Programming language: TypeScript
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
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Latest version: v0.6.68-WIP

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  • Discussion forums with Question & Answers and Team Chat features. Plus embedded comments for your blog.


  • Open source StackOverflow, Slack, Discourse, Reddit, Disqus hybrid β€” for your online community.

Other alternatives?:

  • Community software, brings together the best from StackOverflow + Slack + Reddit + Discourse.
  • Online community software. Find ideas and answers together, and pick the right things to do, to change society, or grow your startup. -->


<!-- Community discussion platform, or Structured discussion platform? A/B test? Or "Structured discussions, for your community β€” Talkyard brings together ..." ? --> A structured discussions platform β€” brings together the main features from StackOverflow, Slack, Discourse, Reddit/HackerNews, and Disqus blog comments.

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  • Solve problems step by step, in traditional flat forum topics. -->

  • Save time. People find help "instantly", in Question & Answers topics.

  • Crowdsource feedback and ideas. Discuss, upvote, choose the right things to do.

  • Collaborate, in team chats.

  • Talk with your blog readers, in embedded comments.

For your co-workers / customers / students / volunteers / contributors / users.

You can use Slack and Mattermost etc for day to day teamwork, combined with Talkyard for the more important discussions that you want to find in a nice-to-read format, months and years later.

Or use Talkyard for customer support, or for schools and students helping each other.

How does Talkyard compare with StackOverflow for Teams, Discourse, Slack, Facebook Groups, Disqus? β€” Find out here.

Using Talkyard

This repo is for development of Talkyard. To actually use Talkyard:

<!-- For your students / volunteers / colleagues / customers / donors / open source users / city / community. -->


  • Improve your API docs, by embedding comments at the end of each docs page, to make it easy for people to ask and tell you if something is unclear. -->

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<!-- Use Talkyard for your workplace, as a self building FAQ. Or for customer support. Or for your teachers and students, to help each other. Or your non-profit volunteers. Or an open source project and its users. We'd like to build a tool tha people who change the world or their neighborhood can use to solve problems and pick the right things to do. That's why we have find-solutions Question-Answers topics, and HackerNews & Reddit type topics where good ideas rise to the top.<! - β€” And you can use this tool, for your workplace and your colleagues & customers, or your non-profit and its volunteers, or an open source project and its users, or a school and its students, etc. -->

<!-- Talkyard (formerly EffectiveDiscussions) is discussion forum software, with chat and question-answers features. And embedded comments for static websites / blogs. Inspired by Discourse, Slack, StackOverflow, Reddit and Hacker News, Disqus. -->


Project size

It's sort of possible for one person to understand all of Talkyard β€” as May 2021, https://github.com/boyter/scc says Talkyard is 140 000 (111 359 + 32 653 = 144 012) lines of code and comments (excluding blank lines). and that was with some other changes, different branch. Plus about 60 000 (59 425) lines test code. Server side code complexity: 5538, client side (a React.js web app): 8478.

scc modules/ed-core/src modules/ty-dao-rdb/src/ client/app-* client/embedded-comments/ client/serviceworker/ client/.ts app/ s/ Makefile to-talkyard/src/ gulpfile.js images/web/ed-lua/ images/web/.conf images/app/Dockerfile.* images/rdb/

scc tests/


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  • Avoid mistakes: See if people disagree.

- Anonymous questions: So people dare to ask embarassing questions, or post crazy creative ideas.

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Developing Talkyard

Read about how to start a development build of Talkyard: [docs/starting-talkyard.md](docs/starting-talkyard.md).

And how to edit the source code and see the changes: [docs/developing-talkyard.md](docs/developing-talkyard.md)

You'll find Docker image build files in: ./images/image-name/

You can build your own images: [docs/building-images.md](docs/building-images.md)

Getting help

Support forum here (& live "demo"), at Talkyard.io β€” and report bugs there too.

Also see these troubleshooting [tips.md](./docs/tips.md).


See: [CONTRIBUTING.adoc](./CONTRIBUTING.adoc). There's a CLA (Contributor License Agreement) to sign.


  • Client: React.js, TypeScript, Webdriver.io.
  • Server: Scala and Play Framework. OpenResty, some Lua. React.js in Java's Nashorn Javascript engine.
  • Databases: PostgreSQL, Redis, ElasticSearch.



The good answers surface to the top.

Question and Answers <!-- Question and Answers -->

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Avoid mistakes

See if others disagree with something, so you can avoid following the wrong advice.

Avoid mistakes

Recent replies β€” find them:

You leave for lunch, or go home over the night β€” and return to a Question-Answers topic the next day. Did someone post more replies, when you were away? You want to find and read?

You can directly find the most recent answers and replies: Open the sidebar, click the Recent tab, and find the most recent replies, click to scroll.

(But at StackOverflow, Reddit, HackerNews etc, it's hard to find them (since the discussions are threaded). You need to carefully scan the whole discussion from top to bottom.)

Recent replies

<!-- Recent replies -->

Topic list:

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ideas-topics <!-- ideas-topics

ed-demo-forum-index -->


Notifications via email, as of now. Some time later, there'll be a PWA mobile app with push notifications.

<!-- Currently, Talkyard is a mobile friendly web app. Within half a year or a year (today is August 2018), the plan is that there'll be a white labelled mobile app. Meaning, people will be able to install your community, on their mobile phones, as a separate app with your custom icon. Push notifications for Android (however, initially not for iPhone β€” iPhone currently cannot do PWA mobile app push notifications). -->


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Users online:



Blog comments:

Like Disqus β€” but lightweight, no ads, no tracking. Configure in the Admin Area, the Settings tab, the Embedded Comments sub tab. β€” Read more about blog comments, and an optional hosting service, here: https://www.talkyard.io/blog-comments

There's a Disqus importer β€” talk with us in the forum if you want to migrate from Disqus to Talkyard.

blog comments <!-- blog comments -->

Embarrassing questions, creative ideas:

Let your students ask anonymous questions. Maybe they feel ashamed for not knowing? β€” Or let your co-workers submit ideas and feedback, anonymously. Maybe they feel worried their ideas has crossed the border from Creative to Crazy? They can un-anonymize themselves later if they want to (per page). (Anonymous posting first needs to be enabled, by admins. Here you can read more: https://www.talkyard.io/-239/is-there-anonymous-messages-support-for-the-full-talkyard )

Anonymous posts has been implemented, but not code reviewed and merged.

Post anonymously

Old Code

Old code from before January 2015 is available here: https://github.com/debiki/debiki-server-old. That repo, squashed, is in this repo.


Copyright (c) 2010-2022 Kaj Magnus Lindberg and contributors.

Talkyard is multi licensed under 1) AGPLv3 or later, see LICENSE.txt, and 2) Business Source License v1.1, with change license GPLv2 or later, and change date 2027-01-01 (we bump the change date yearly, so it's between 4 and 5 years into the future) β€” see LICENSE-BUSLv1.1.txt. And 3) possibly other licenses.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the above-mentioned licence texts for more details.

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*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Talkyard README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.