I just got out of a client meeting with a non-profit, who have need of something like a Discourse forum.
I would classify the actual non-profit employees as “power users”. That is, they would be comfortable modding a discussion forum like Discourse, they have a good high-level understanding of how things like “sign in with Google” works, they get topics, threads, flagging, etc.
They could probably modify site-wide settings eventually, and other admin-type stuff. What they are not ready for is installing a new instance of Discourse on their web server and attaching a login page to their existing site.
Having said that: they are actively seeking grant money to get their web site revamped, and want to have setting up some sort of forum space for their members as part of the scope. So they could get someone else to install Discourse for them as part of their revamp.
My question is: does this sound like a reasonable way to do things, or would it be too much? They do have a regular webmaster who takes care of major updates for them, and so would be in charge of Discourse updates. So the non-profit people would be in charge of creating categories, creating at least the starting threads under those categories, and modding (at least until their community is big & strong enough to have volunteer mods).
Thoughts? Alternatives to Discourse?