Forums from WordPress
bbPress » bbPress 0.72 is released so if you want to implement free, simple and spam resistant forums in a style which is familiar to users of WordPress blogs then this could be for you. It’s very basic though, so you will not find avatars, user posting counts and many other features which may be present on major bulletin boards, but this is being promoted as a feature in itself.
I don’t think I have any need for bb/forum software right now, but I wanted to download and install this one just to see if it works. I’m also just a tiny bit intrigued by the notion of integrating blog and forum functionalities, but as far as I can see this comes down to little more than allowing the same user logins to be used for both installations. My testbed installation is here. The possibility of navigation through a forum via tag cloud could be a runner.