God bless Firebug – I’d pay for it in a heartbeat if necessary. What I need bbpress for is to have it function as part of a larger online support and training site so having the sort of ability beyond the most basic of sidebar and integration elements is a necessity.
I’ve been following more of the discussions here and it certainly seems as though the project has yet to rise to the level of project management as that of its parent project. But given how amazing WP is, I hope they are able to bring bbpress up to that level sooner than later.
Even if bringing it to that level meant using it as a commercial add-on just to explore that model, I’d be first in line to buy a license!