The time has come for bbPress to go away.
In a month or two, we'll be switching away from bbpress and using Discourse, an extremely modern dicussion / forum software with a long list of great features.
I've been working with the Discourse team and have been part of the private Discourse alpha for months now, helping to shape the feature set, and we will have our own privately themed version that fits into the HTG site naturally. We'll also be replacing the comments on the regular articles with Discourse - essentially all discussion on HTG will be going through Discourse.
Just a few features that will help us:
- You can login to Discourse using Twitter, Google, Facebook, etc.
- Creating posts is excellent and easy with their docking post editor with an integrated preview.
- Notifications when mentioned, even email notifications if you want them - which will bring OPs back to respond to their posts, finally.
- You can @mention other forum members to invite them to a thread.
- Moderation tools are based on the community and reputation, and the spammer protection is much stronger.
- There's no more clicking Next Page. Everything is loaded as you scroll.
It will be a huge, enormous change. Many people won't like the change. We'll lose people.
We are switching to Discourse.