b2evolution can handle complete forums with the same ease as blogs. Forums are just another type of Collection.
Forums skins typically have a Special Front Page that shows the hierarchy of forums (categories) in the Collection.
Note that meta-categories will be displayed as "group headers" that can group several forums together under a common title.
Contents of a forum
Depending on the forum settings, topics can be created by all users, users of specific groups or just admins. Topics can contain ongoing discussions or a limited number of posts. A locked topic does not permit further posting and is indicated by a lock icon next to the topic title. A new topic can be created from within a forum or subform by clicking on the "New Topic" button.
In case there are sub-forums
If the forum you are viewing has sub-forums, they will appear like this:
Viewing a topic
Creating a new topic
By clicking on the new "New Topic" button in a Forum, the user can start a new Topic:
Depending on his permissions the user may be restricted to creating the new Topic with a Visibility Status that is more restrictive than "Public".
A menu link (widget) shows the topics that were most recently edited:
If the Read-Tracking feature is enabled in Collection Settings > Features > Other, then new/changes topics will have a color dot in front of them:
- Orange dot: this is a new topic, you have never read it before
- Red/Brown dot: this topic has changed since you last read it (typically: it has new replies; but it may also have been edited).