Okay, I have to get this out of my system. But first...
I have three websites with WP. I love it. I love you all. I'm not throwing a tantrum or threatening to run off and elope with Movable Type or Joomla!.
But, here is my issue...
I know there are other forum software out there but really want this to stay in the family.
My problem is that fresh out of the box bbPress looks like a manual for a cold war Soviet submarine.
Getting past that I tried to integrate my WP header into my bbPress installation but the info available on integration is either outdated or above my ability. I integrated the WP header into my gallery software (Zenphoto) with no problem at all, so it doesn't make sense to me that integration bbPress should be harder.
Also, the forum on WordPress.org looks so good that using it is just rubbing salt in my wounds. It is as though WP is saying 'here is what you could do with bbPress if you had a team of developers and an unlimited budget, but since you are poor and working alone... you're out of luck!'.
Okay, I'm done ranting.
Does anyone have experience adding their WP header and footer into bbPress? I would prefer to not integrate the databases. All I really want is for the header and footer to be consistent throughout the site. I can handle the CSS part of it.