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I'm looking for a forum engine for my website, which will look modern, easy to use and follow lengthy discussions.

Most of the times people hear "forum" they imagine unresponsive phpBB with terrible color scheme and unnecessarily huge user info sections (avatar, signature) about 600px high each, which make it impossible to see more than 5 posts on a really big screen. I'd like it to be the other way around with my future forum.

Features I'd like to see:

  • Clean, transparent section/thread selection,
  • Must not have "message posted, you will be redirected to wherever" screens,
  • 1-click message posting (captchas are ok, but not the ones that erase the whole post when you mistype),
  • Tree hierarchy for comments to posts
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closed as off topic by Alex, ChrisF Apr 15 '12 at 16:18

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Geez, I just can't find a suitable stack exchange site where this wouldn't be considered off-topic. –  user1306322 Apr 15 '12 at 17:43
I don't consider this off topic, either. I think this would be a good wiki page to refer users to. –  Fogest Apr 15 '12 at 20:00
@Fogest - fundamentally it's not constructive though. And as the OP is looking for "a forum engine for my website" it is off topic. You might find answers over on Webmasters. –  ChrisF Apr 15 '12 at 21:09
@ChrisF Why didn't you move it then? –  Fogest Apr 15 '12 at 21:26
@Fogest - because it's fundamentally not constructive. We have a rule not to migrate poor questions even though they might be on topic on the target site. I suspect that this question (or one very much like it) has been asked before on Webmasters. –  ChrisF Apr 15 '12 at 21:27

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