After failing to fall in love with any Joomla forums extension, and falling into troubles with bridged forums, I decided to build ChronoForums, and today it may be the best free forums extension for Joomla, check out a quick list of features below:
Categories -> Forums -> Topics -> Posts structure.
Lock/Stick topics or set forums announcements.
Topics tagging and advanced search by relevance.
Posts reporting and topics manual activation by admins.
Featured topics list.
Users voting and a reputation system.
Global and distinct forums permissions.
BBCode and WYSIWYG editors.
Quick reply feature.
Extended new topic form fields.
Users profiles and ranking system.
Themes/Styles support (only 1 is provided).
Strong moderation tools (mods can drop spammers and/or their topics/posts with 1 click).
Reply to posts directly by email (IMAP required)
Bootstrap theme support.
Simple data migration tool for phpBB bridged forums & Kunena to ChronoForums.
Multi language support, currently we have the following ones: Danish, German, English, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portugese and Swedish, thanks for our users!