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Is it possible to use the standalone bbpress plug-ins with a buddypress site - using bbpress forums site-wide and disabling the buddypress forums. I need to add moderation. I have decided not to use buddypress forums.

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Yes, it is possible. However, your buddypress theme must be compatible with bbpress or else /forums won't be setup correctly.

Reference: http://devpress.com/blog/how-to-make-a-site-like-devpress/

bbPress for Forums or Message Board Although BuddyPress has group forums, I don’t have it enabled on DevPress. It’s because I prefer having a central forum for interaction and support instead of having a forum for each group. When DevPress get to 10,000 members or more then it would make sense to turn on group specific forums. When nurturing a community or social network, it’s important to make your site not feel empty. Only when you have more members than you can handle do you let everything go wild. But before that, you need to have one central place for member interaction.

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