Re: bbPress versus PunBB
I had used punBB for a while and really liked it – except for the really long amount of time that it takes to update the software. They’ve been working on v1.3 for years now. That’s the version I’ve been waiting for.
punBB seems to be more robust, but the code is a little more sketchy. bbPress is more simplistic but the plugin system makes a pretty good addition. Another thing about punBB that bothered me is that topics aren’t marked as read when you read them – your cookie has to expire before a topic is marked. They have an addon for that, but all the addons rely on editing a lot of files and also is very heavy on the database.
For right now, I’m sticking with bbPress and seeing how everything will end up.