Take a look at EPiServer Relate: http://world.episerver.com/Documentation/Other-products/EPiServer-Relate/
I've built forum functionality using page types a couple of times.
Of course you have to work a bit but you don't have to live the bad practises especially concerning client side code of a forum package you buy or download.
Also you save money and dead weight compared to using Relate/EPi Community.
For sure you also get a more future proof solution that's easier to upgrade and maintain.
Agree with Johan, also Relate is not Cloud-compatible so you will not be able to deploy to Azure if you use Relate+
From the call out in the Relate add-on area, I had the impression it was more social sharing based than a forum system, but I see there is a forum component there. I guess my concern there would be whether we need everything that comes along with it or not. Also, not being cloud scalable is not ideal, per Henrik's comment.
I was hoping to avoid building something from scratch, more for moderation functionality, etc, but we are considering it as an option.
I think our first thought was to either integrate an existing forum platform (http://www.mvcforum.com/ is the leading candidate at the moment), or tie in a third-party solution, as you suggest, Johan. Finding the specific product to try to integrate with is the bigger issue, so if anyone has a suggestion as that goes, I'm all ears.
Thanks again for the feedback!
Hey guys, any suggestions for adding a forum section to an EpiServer site? I don't see any add-ons that specifically add the functionality. Anyone integrated with an existing solution or have some recommendations/pointers?