Re: BBpress. Mindset, features and where now? discuss…
I keep thinking back on this, and I think you’re looking at it the wrong way. I’m not speaking to the HTML/Code side of it, but the concept side. The code side, yeah, some function I would consider default is missing (Unread, maybe Allow Images)
But what’s the difference between a Forum and a Blog?
A blog is a journal. Few people make new topics, many people reply. A forum is … a forum. Many people make new topics, many people reply.
If you feel the code of a Blog is better suited to how you want to run your forum, cool. You want to use the highly structured IPB or phpBB? Have at I picked bbPress not because of the WP integration (I could care less, really) but because it gave me more options than just
Category -> Forum -> Topic -> Posts, and because it’s small and lacks a lot of those fancy options.
Example? I don’t use categories at all. Don’t need ’em. I have three ‘fora’ for high level organization. I went off the same general idea I use on my Blog. Three categories, a ton of tags.
1) About the site topic (screwdriver.com is about screwdrivers, talk about them)
2) About the Website (the code behind the site, suggestions, ideas, etc)
3) Everything else (screwdrivers are nice, but I have this hammer…)
Three big, broad categories/fora whatever. The tags I sort of let explode. And even then, I’m torn between structure and free form. I want a little structure (so you don’t get tags like ‘hammer’ and ‘hammers’ which really are the same thing), but I also want freedom.
So function. If you can get all that in a blog, have at Many people do and we call ’em LiveJournal Communities