Firstly, thanks to @SanderSpies for his hard work on RWO. Our first attempt to do commenting using GitHub issues was fairly successful a few years ago, but the hurdle of requiring a GitHub account and the very significant oAuth requirements were a definite barrier.
This time around, we thought that a topic per chapter on Discourse would be far more accessible to readers, as it requires only a forum login. However, I have a few concerns that it might disrupt the overall running of the site, so raising them here before taking action:
A topic per chapter is 15 topics, which could be quite spammy initially. What we could do is to create a group (a feature we are not using yet) that is opt-in for people who want to be part of the reviewing process. This group would then see all the feedback threads for the RWO chapters.
We could create a category for the book feedback, but this would (to my knowledge) still subscribe everyone who generally logs in. Is it possible to create a category that only shows up if subscribed to?
This may just me being overly cautious also In the long term, I am hoping that having the ability to comment and discuss chapters of RWO will give us direction on what libraries, tools and techniques to focus on for the next print edition.