This plugin from Cartpauj looks superb. I was wondering a couple of things:-
1 .. it would be really nice to be able to combine posts and forums so, for example, when you create a new post there's an auto-created thread and, more usefully again, for that or a manually created thread to be able to double as the post's comments .. is this possible, maybe with some hack?
.. this is similar to the functionality provided with a bbPress plugin .. as far as I know (but I'm giving up on bbPress!)
2. is there a way to show "most recent comments" on a WP homepage?
Otherwise, gotta say, Mingle forum plugin looks superb. Then again, candidly, I did think that about bbPress (which is superb, just not a plugin!)