Re: users complaining
regarding your comment: “….as for all the forum vs activity – i’m still hacking away at an activity stream discussion to replace bbpress…”
This would be really cool if you could code something like that to replace bbpress with an activity-stream, similar to a forum but actually a threaded stream (it just needs to be simple with posts, comments and mark as favorite). So that would be replacing the Group-Forums, meaning still having the Groups but instead of bbpress having a threaded discussion-stream
The additional stuff needed would be exactly the same activity-stream you are planning to code, but instead of related to the Groups, it should be related to a Users Profile. Like having for each User a threaded “Wall” or “Guestbook”. with posts and comments.
as Greg said, BP should focus on Blogs.
Maybe your stream replacing the bbpress could somehow be adapted to achieve easy Front-End-Posting for User-Blogs, ala P2-theme ?
This would be another application when webmasters rather want to go with User-Blogs instead of Forums.