Sorry for the delay in replying. For some reason, no matter what I do, I can't get messages from this forum to go to my inbox rather than my junk mail! I've tried everything I can think of, so now I just have to remember to go look in the junk mail. I'll keep working on it, b/c it's clearly a problem with my own mail app.
For that reason, the google group worked better, but that's just because of some technical issue I'm sure I can fix!
Honestly, though, I don't mind either way. I have no issues with using Discourse, but I can see that some might--it is another thing to get an account on, another thing to learn how to use.
So I'm good either way, really.