Those who are trying to figure out the Hugo static site generator (SSG) can run into trouble when they seek help on the only official source for that help, the Hugo Discourse forum.
Now, don’t get me wrong: if you follow the “Requesting Help” guidelines, you absolutely can get powerful help on the Hugo Discourse; but there are times when someone simply can’t adhere to those guidelines for some reason, yet still needs help with Hugo.1 And that’s probably the best reason for the continued existence of the definitely non-official Hugo Community Discord server.2
It’s a place where you can jump into a live chat session and ask a question or describe a problem you’re having with the Hugo SSG. As of this writing, the Discord server doesn’t get a lot of traffic, largely because it’s non-official and, thus, not linked from Hugo’s own site and docs as is the official Discourse forum. Nonetheless, the Discord server can be a good resource when/if you need it. There are multiple long-time Hugo users who monitor what traffic it does get, try very hard to treat newcomers nicely, and (if/when possible) will offer help to those who request it.
Interested? Check it out.2 Signing up is free, there are no obligations whatsoever to use it once you’ve signed up, you can come and go as you please, and — best of all — it might just be the quickest and most painless way to get an answer to a nagging question about Hugo.
When you see the Hugo Discourse described as (e.g.) “grumpy” within online discussions in sites like Hacker News, it’s often due to the tone of responses such cases have historically tended to receive, particularly from certain participants — some of whom, to be fair, are no longer active on this Discourse, although many if not most of their acid-tongued answers are still visible within archived threads. ↩︎
That’s an invite link that should last for a while, unlike most Discord invite links; h/t dylan-k. ↩︎ ↩︎
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