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What Forum Software should I use?

My client wants a "lite" forum... not unlike these stack exchange sites, but even a little lighter.

There's a screenshot of the discussion group she likes most, below. You can also go here to see it for yourself it you like. I don't think traditional forum apps will display, functionally, in this manner.

Is there any software I can use to get a similar result? A web service would be acceptable as well.

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marked as duplicate by danlefree Feb 12 '12 at 0:36

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

What you're calling "lite" is pretty sophisticated compared to typical forum software. Both stackexchange and the Alliance Health evidence a lot of care in design; they may be deceptively simple looking. You might try emailing feedback@alliancehealth.com (or webmaster@ or postmaster@) to see if they'll tell you what software they're using, but I'd guess it is custom software and not available generally.

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I didn't mean to suggest it wasn't excellent. Just that it has a lighter feel than a forum. But yeah, I don't think I want to ask them specifically, I looked it up and found some tidbits that it was indeed, completely custom. – Kayle Mar 4 '11 at 8:15

Try http://www.vanillaforums.org: it's not exactly like that site but it has some similar features, and is "lite".

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Have a look at Drupal, it's not specifically forum software it's a generic CMS but has forum modules available for download. Because it's a CMS you can make it has heavy or lite as you like, and customise the themes.

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Plenty of good answers here. I eventually found a wordpress theme called "Askit!" from Elegant Themes that did the trick. It's not perfect, but it's pretty good. Thanks guys!

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