see the live demo at portaltoolbox.net
Me and my good friend Adnan Ahmad have created an open source project on codeplex called subforum.net. Subforum.net is an ASP.NET MVC discussion forum. We want it to be unique and different from other discussion forums but still maintain the ideals of a forum. We would like it to combine the best ideas of other sites such as stackoverflow and DIGG. Please join us and check out subforum.net.
SubForum is a forum software built from scratch using ASP.NET MVC and AJAX to provide a rich Web 2.0 look and feel to a forum. The features include Search engine friendly URLs, Tags, Rich UI experience, and more.
SubForum is a combination of a Forum, QA Site, Blog, Wiki, ScreenCast, and DIGG. The Forum can be used to launch a website on any particular topic and the users should be able to browse all the content related to the topic in the form of Discussions, Question and Answers, links to other blogs, etc. It will provide rich content site for any site owner targeting to run a site for their product or idea.
The UI will be much richer than the traditional forum sites where there is a Category, and then discussions or threads within a category. In SubForum users can post discussions or comments and provide Tags that will help searchers narrow down the posts by tags instead of categories only.
The forum will be Web 2.0 friendly. That means it will have search engine friendly URLs, logins for different login providers, Avatars, OpenID, etc. It will also have an easy to customize site layout that developers and designers can build against easily. The use of AJAX and jQuery will be used to provide a rich user interface for readers and posters and admins.
In summary SubForum will be a complete .NET based open source forum for anyone to use, beginning with .NET developers.
That is the goal and hopefully we will build a kickass discussion forum that you will love. I created a live demo of it at portaltoolbox.net so you can check it out. We just started and it has a ways to go but it has turned into an astounding little forum already. Here are some screenshots to wet your appetite.