I did, through BuddyPress. Which then took them and shoe-horned them into groups instead of simply integrating them with the rest of the site.
In my 10+ years of social media experience I’ve never seen group-based forums that were successful at building community as effectively as ones that were configured in a more open manner. MySpace’s group forums, for example, are garbage. This is not the example anyone should seek to replicate in a social media platform.
I fully agree. This is the kind of “developer, not user-focused” development that makes Joomla and other competitive products suck. Don’t reinvent the wheel. What you guys seem to be doing is calling a “tire” a “wheel”, and forcing us to flip the car over sideways just to get it on.
Tortured analogy notwithstanding, if the developers are the only people who think this is a good idea, you’ve already failed.