I hated the Google Groups forums and never used them because, well Google.
Glad you’re happy
I also did not participate much for a similar reason. Hopefully the Qubes community will now be able to extend to a wider audience of its users with this. That’s what I’m hoping at least.
It was possible to reply without a Google account - any email account worked, However sometimes replies wouldn’t be grouped with the thread, or took a while to appear. Being able to edit posts in Discourse is also nice.