Re: Forums setup is empty
The screenshots that you linked to are normal. You mention that you are “getting a blank page … when trying to set up the forum.” Where is this blank page?
BuddyPress uses an internal install of bbPress. It allows you to add forums to groups. It does not create a sitewide forum. To see the forum in a given group, the “Enable discussion forums” checkbox must be checked in each group’s admin panel.