This forum is built using Discourse (an excellent forum platform we can self-host for free!) and includes many nice modern features, in particular:
We replaced the classic boxed layout with seamless scrolling.
We now have @name for notifying people directly. Notifications can be seen on the avatar if logged in or you will receive an email if not around.
When somebody posts a new topic or post, and you are notified by email, you can participate directly, simply by replying to the email. The post will appear online straight away in the right place.
A simplified text editor with a live preview of links, images, code, and more…
Use html or markdown to create your formatting automatically or drag & drop images.
Add a tag or create a new one for easy finding in future searches.
Write your macro wrapped around triple quotes to format it automatically.
Copy the whole code-block to the clipboard by clicking the button
Earn badges as you interact with the forum… a bit of fun for those who enjoy this kind of thing.
Customise your profile and add something about yourself or set the level of notifications you would like to receive.