Re: Future of bbPress
1. Automattic should to acquire SimplePress and to merge it with bbPress (just as you did with Buddypress – smart move).
2. The best forum software is vBulletin (and now they have a full-featured CMS). Look at vB, and you’ll see the roadmap of all the forum software.
3. Stop calling WordPress “blogging platform”. It’s a CMS, FYI! I even hope WP3.0 will become a CMF.