Matt has released bbPress, bringing all the value of WordPress to a bulletin board suite. I used to run phpBB here, so I know what a beast it is to personalize and maintain. I’ll probably poke around the code a little, but doubt there’s little I can do to improve it, given its pedigree. Nonetheless, it’s nice to see XHTML and CSS standards compliance coming to bulletin boards. As Matt says
We’ve learned a lot in the past few years about how the interactive web works, why do most forums look and act the same they did in 2000? Why is it still so hard to integrate user systems or mesh designs? Why can’t I ping a thread like I can a weblog post?Indeed. Being able to trackback a comment into the discussion thread is a good idea.