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Unfortunately no, I believe ‘forum software that doesn't suck’ is a oxymoron. Most big forums that I follow have lately jumped to xenforo, which is commercial.

Another option would be a Wordpress, with lax rules on posting, akin to how ludumdare.com is setup.

Could potentially do something with github pages? Use jekyll to generate the site and then accept pull requests for new articles then something (HN?) for comments?

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