@faddat Sorry for the delay in replying. I’ve been out of town for the past week.
The revival of this thread has spurned me into taking another look at nodeBB.
Installation, as I half-remembered/speculated is a walk in the park compared to Discourse. As regards integration with Hugo, the person who seems to be “the man to go to” as regards using nodeBB as a comments system is psychobunny, who has a plugin which works with WordPress and Ghost.
I’ve just installed nodeBB and cloned one of my Hugo blogs onto a VM, so I can take a look at this plugin of his and see if there’s any obvious [or not so obvious] way of getting it to play nice with something like Hugo.
Will report back with my findings as and when. Meantime, let me know if you get anywhere with it yourself. “Two heads are better than one”, as they say.
[Although the person who coined that aphorism might have had a less empty head than mine in mind, at the time]