After many months (if not years) of neglect, it looks like bbPress fans will in the not so distant future be able to easily create a forum for their WordPress blog without having to muck around with FTP settings.
If you haven’t been keeping up with our progress over the past few months, you’re in for a treat. bbPress 1.0.3 is due out any day, as is 1.1 Release Candidate 1 which includes new features like email notification on follow-up posts and anonymous posting. There’s also a lot going on under the hood of the new WordPress plugin version of bbPress, and in an effort to get more people involved we’re bringing back the bi-monthly development chats in #bbpress on the freenode network on IRC. (Official bbPress Blog)
Note: Emphasis mine.
Although sometimes considered a relic tool in the age of social networking, forums are still utilized by numerous blogs as a way to have more organized discussions around specific topics.
With the exception of a few plugins like Mingle Forum and WP Forum Server, many “5 minute install” forum options are not only sorely outdated, but also incompatible with the latest version of WordPress.
With bbPress joining the plugin route, it should help give some much needed TLC to forums in general (at least within the WordPress community) and perhaps encourage bloggers to create their own communities instead of outsourcing everything to Facebook.