Don't be too disappointed.
As yourself has apointed out the differences between Lithium and discourse in business behavior, you can adjust.
By the way, I don't like the style of Lithium at all. I don't think I will spend too much time on this forum.
And It doesn't support spell check. Too bad for the person whose first language is not English.
Nah, their sales team is bad.
I work in the marketing dept for Huawei (Enterprise Division).
And I'm in charge of the forum.
I tried contacting them to organize a demo, they had some Indian boy call me ( he didn't know anything, worse than Jon Snow) and never contacted me after.
Lost me forever.
Thanks to your comment I'll contact Discourse next.
We wanted their unified support solution. Forum+CMS+Support+ticketing, etc.
Crapload of money, honestly.
I never heard of Lithium but this forum looks great. Some buttons aren't in the GitHub style but this is **bleep** close.
Sometimes, it's difficult to find a match between requirements and budget, and an open-source product. I tried to get a firm that I work with to use Bonita and Alfresco as a BPM tool, but both were really expensive to implement. The community editions offer a stripped down version which would need a lot of customization to make them usable within our setting, and it just wasn't practical with a one-person IT department.
We opted for a commercial solution built with PHP (Symfony), MySQL, and Tesseract that was well within our budget. Most of the commercial offerings we evaluated were built upon open-source technologies (jQuery, Wild Fly, the LAMP stack, MySQL or PostgreSQL).