I have need for a Facebook type application that can be extended to present news and then encourage community members to comment on it.
Could anyone recommend a platform, ideally not PHP based? Is Open Social as bad as Wikipedia makes it appear!) EssentiaESP looks interesting, but information about the tech architecture is well hidden.
ideally not PHP basedI think we need some clarification on this point. Is it that you don't like PHP? Don't have server that runs it?
I was going to recommend Drupal, but that's PHP based. I'd highly recommend talking about this with your partner. This issue isn't so much what your partner likes, but where you can find talent for a reasonable pay. PHP is a widely used language, that runs on most platforms, that a lot of people know.