Faster Horses or Battery Powered Scooters
You’ve probably heard this quote before:
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
~ Henry Ford
(according to legend, and that’s good enough)
This anecdote neatly encapsulates Discourse’s approach to open product development. You don’t arrive at a better design by pitting hundreds of features against each other in a vote-war. All of those features are parts of a greater whole.