Long story short: I'm building a new, possibly very large Q+A forum. I've tried 5-10 forum options (Discourse, Askbot, Q2A, Moot, etc etc). I'm currently stuck.
Just finished a trial of using Discourse, but it's way better at chronological discussion than picking the best answer. So I ditched it.
Askbot is very stable but releases new features at a snail's pace. So it's out.
NodeBB is great, but I'm not sure if it's ready yet, or maybe I'm just not ready. I'm looking to emulate StackExchange (long time moderator of a forum on there), but make it snazzier. So I'll need badges at launch (launching in May) and the ability to sort answers by time or votes. NodeBB also doesn't seem to have the ability to tag questions. The amount of spam users that NodeBB forums get is a bit too high as well. A couple other minor quibbles such as: I miss the ability to have little comments under each answer like on StackExchange.
Anybody else choosing forums at the moment? I bet everyone looooooves NobeBB, as do I. Smooth as butter. But is it right for me, and right for a forum launching within the next month?