If you’d like to get involved with bbPress, there a few places that are good to hang out.
We use a bug tracker called Trac which is the best place for us to have tickets to track bugs and enhancements, you can view the recent goings on, file new suggestions or report bugs, and browse the source past and present. We think the log and RSS feed are pretty cool to keep track of SVN commit messages.
You can participate in a number of ways: “bug gardening” is basically going through tickets and making sure they have all needed info, are categorized and tagged properly. You can test patches that have been submitted and say whether they work or not. And of course you can give your feedback on the various proposals and idea, though for long-form discussion the mailing list might be better.
Internet Relay Chat, or IRC
We have an IRC channel on Freenode called #bbpress for general bbPress discussion and #bbpress-dev for core talk. Here are some IRC resources, just follow those directions and replace #wordpress with #bbpress. Many people idle on IRC even when they’re not at their computer, so if you ping someone know that they might respond later. We currently meet on IRC at 20:00 UTC on Wednesdays. You can convert to your local timezone here.