Okay by dropping the $bb->page_topics to 5 I can now suddenly see pagination become active.
But why does it show “+2 more” when page_topics was set to 30 and not show the pagination?
after studying this for awhile I guess I need someone to explain to me why BBpress hides posts and needs a view=all for view all posts? Can view all be on by default?
I’ve now learned that this is from posts being moderation.
It may be a badly behaving plugin.