I too am having the same problem. I am my own administrator, and so I am able to enable AJAX in the three places (forum module, appearance, and my profile). Doesn't work.
But here's some more interesting information. When I run Moodle on a hosted server or from a local (experimental) install on my PC, it works. It is only on my unix (CentOS) virtual server that it does not work. As I have looked around to see what is different (using Server|PHP Info), the only difference is that on my virtual servers, JSON is "disabled". That's it! I don't know what JSON is, nor do I know how to enable it on my CentOS virtual server. But it does seem to have something to do with java. If someone can tell me how, I can try it (if it appears safe to do so) and see if I am right.
Maybe the developers of Moodle assume that JSON will always be there. Can anyone provide any help about my idea?
I am attaching a graphic showing how JSON says it is enabled on my PC install, and this is missing on my virtual server. Thanks.