thanks again, your previous advice resolved the issue, I updated Nodebb which reverted to the previous version of WE (0.2.18), I'm going to leave it as it is, really don't like messing around with the back end stuff, I'm still a noob.
many thanks appreciate your help
It looks like rhc app create nodebb nodejs-0.10 command did not create nodebb directory.
Please make sure, that you're running commands on your own computer, not through ssh on OpenShift side.
Try to remove nodebb from your OpenShift account and start from scratch.
Calling git init may seemed like it helped, but it created local only repository, which was not connected with any of the others (OpenShift, NodeBB and openshift-nodebb). That is why git push origin master did not work - origin remote was not configured.
@psychobunny is a real superstar, but the community as a whole (users/developers) is real good one. Which is why I personally would stay with NodeBB over say Discourse, which I would say would be NodeBB's only real competitor.