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I've used phpbb in the past but it's nowhere near as easy to use as Wordpress in terms of theming/plugins etc. What is the best forum type software around?

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From the makers of WordPress: bbPress.

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Following is of wordpress type but based on .Net Framework / Asp.Net

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Vanilla is about as simple as they come, while still being a robust system.

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I'm very happy with Simple Machines Forum (SMF). I'm not aware of any large sites offering to host it for free though; you would need your own PHP/MySQL host.

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