Modern forum software
This website is specialised for social networks but this new types of forum software are adopting characteristics of social networking websites. Users can follow each other, user interface is simpler and real time, just like you see on twitter, facebook and similar websites. So, here are most promising projects in forum software category.
Discourse is open-source discussion software. Created by Jeff Atwood co-founder of Stack Exchange, Discourse is aiming to become "Wordpress for forums"
Discourse can also works as:
- mailing list
- discussion forum
- long-form chat room
NodeBB is a mobile friendly discussion platform with real time interactions and notifications. Interfaces are designed with simplicity, ease-of-use and speed in mind. NodeBB is built with node.js and utilizes web sockets technology. You can extend NodeBB functionalities with plugins and change design with themes. See it in action on community website.