The Future of the TrueNAS Community: Shaping Our Destiny Together


April 18, 2024

The TrueNAS community is a vibrant ecosystem of passionate individuals, united by a love for Open Source. As our community grows and evolves, so too does our need for a platform that fosters the open exchange of ideas, collaboration, and mutual support. In this spirit, we are excited to discuss a transformative new chapter in our community journey: adopting Discourse as our forum platform.

Our move represents more than just a technological upgrade; it’s a commitment to building an even more inclusive, welcoming, and collaborative space for everyone who uses TrueNAS.

So Why the Change?

Our previous forum platform (XenForo) served us well but had limitations that became increasingly apparent. We needed a platform that would be able to scale with our growing community, one that encourages deeper engagement and fosters a more connected and organized experience.

Welcome to the New Home of the TrueNAS Community

Discourse offers a wealth of features and functionalities that will empower our community:

  • Modern interface: Intuitive and user-friendly, making it easier for newcomers to navigate and find the information they need.
  • Advanced search: Quickly find relevant discussions and topics, saving valuable time.
  • Upvoting and flagging: Democratize content discovery and promote helpful and informative contributions.
  • Badges and reputation system: Recognize and reward active community members, fostering a sense of belonging and contribution.
  • Integrations: Seamlessly connect with other platforms and tools, enhancing the collaborative experience.
  • New system sharing tool (coming soon): We’re preparing a tool that can help you automatically generate your system specifications and configuration, whether it’s to show off your completed TrueNAS build or help with troubleshooting!

But the power of Discourse lies not just in its technology, but in its philosophy. It’s designed to promote healthy interactions, discourage trolling and negativity, automatically filter out unwanted spam, and create a welcoming environment for all voices.

Be sure to join the new TrueNAS Community today and reserve your name! Once you’ve registered, don’t forget to update your signature at with your specs so that you can show off that data storage!

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Community Means Shared Responsibility

To ensure the success of our transition and shape the future of the community, we’re forming a Community Council. This council will be composed of both iXians and dedicated community members. Together, the committee will:

  • Assist in QA and development of the TrueNAS Community.
  • Help establish clear guidelines and best practices for the community.
  • Organize events and initiatives to promote engagement and collaboration.
  • Work with iX on future development plans for the forums and products, ensuring they align with community needs.

The TrueNAS Community: Everyone is Welcome.

We want to emphasize that the TrueNAS community is everyone who uses TrueNAS. This includes:

  • Experienced TrueNAS users sharing their expertise.
  • Beginners looking for help and guidance.
  • Developers contributing to the project.
  • Enthusiasts sharing their passion and creative use cases.
  • Current or future professionals who want to evaluate TrueNAS for their business.

Regardless of your background, experience, or technical knowledge, you have a valuable contribution to make. We invite you to join us on this journey.

The Road Ahead: A Long Journey with a Shared Destination

Transitioning to our platform is not a simple overnight task. Throughout the process, we’re aiming to provide clear communication, updates, and opportunities for feedback.

The future of the TrueNAS community is not solely up to iX or the Community Council; it’s also up to you, the community. By coming together, embracing open communication, and sharing our perspectives, we can continue to build a truly  exceptional community. Together we can make TrueNAS even better, one post, collaboration, and innovation at a time.

Join us on this exciting journey as we work together to shape the future of the TrueNAS community. Let’s make it a space where everyone feels welcome, empowered, and inspired to contribute their unique voice.

Welcome to the future. Welcome to the TrueNAS community!

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