... with a certain amount of hype: http://www.discourse.org/
I wonder if there is anything Moodle forums can learn from it.
I don't wonder about if I can learn anything from such things Tim, I wonder how I can apply what I learn to what I am doing. I don't always get it right, and I am always running the risk of making a huge mess of something (which I do frequently) but, unless the boss notices and frowns at me, it's usually fun cleaning it up..
I think that there is always learning and adaptation that can be undertaken to improve what is already there.
What struck me looking at 'Discourse' was perhaps a resemblance to 'Google Wave' -> http://googlewave.blogspot.co.uk/. Now that has been given to Apache -> http://incubator.apache.org/wave/ so perhaps there is a chance of taking ideas from both to combine forum postings into conected conversations.