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Discussion Board is what is available out of the box. It looks pretty bad, but there isn't anything else really that gives this type of functionality. A blog would be similar I suppose in that you can post a question and people can leave comments. There are limitations to blog sites though.
Lightning Tools offers an updated forum product that is very nice if you have the budget for it, Storm Forums and Social Squared.
I've done a Q&A type community list using the Team Discussion list type. It's more of a change in the way the users enter the information than anything else. At the end of the day, Q&A's aren't that much different than forum posts.
I've used YAF and the forum itself is superb and covers just about every feature you could want in a forum, including Q&A. I know it can be integrated relativly easily if you have access to the server itself but I'm struggleing to find anything relating to SP online integration.
Have to say that this forum/Q&A platform is amazing and it would be pretty cool to use this in SP!
There is a solution to enhance the OOTB Discussion Board http://community.bamboosolutions.com/blogs/bambooteamblog/archive/2011/07/01/introducing-discussion-board-plus-for-sharepoint-enhance-the-sharepoint-discussion-board-view-for-your-sharepoint-site.aspx
hope this help.
Going the .net route, you might look at YAF.net.
You can see an example forum here.
You will have to roll your own SharePoint integration but their forums seem to indicate a few different ways you might achieve this, just search for SharePoint.
The best option i have seen is the Lightning Tools SharePoint Forums product. As a client (for another product) of Lightning Tools i can only say they offer excellent support and the when i tried the forums they worked perfectly.
I recommend you look at Newsgator Social Sites. It doesn't offer traditional Discussion Forum functionality, but does offer a different sort of community experience, one that I believe works better.
Its a tool my company uses internally and it works very well. We post questions and get semi-threaded discussions. It has a nice microblogging piece and allows you to dip in and out of communities with ease. For me, its a better tool for participating in the day-to-day life of the firm rather than just having a Q&A-type forum.
A client is considering SharePoint 2010 as an information platform on their local intranet (not connected to the internet). One of the main focus points is an advanced discussion forum, including a question-and-answer site similar to Stack Overflow.
I am aware that the out-of-the-box Discussion Forum is extremely underfeatured. After digging through the Microsoft forums, I have come across three main products that are being considered: TOZIT, LightningStorm Tools, and the Jitbit forum for ASP.NET. Besides the technical issues of getting these working on SharePoint 2010 (under investigation; this is NOT my question), these forum systems seem to be quite basic and only a starting point towards a real discussion system or Q&A forum.
My question is, are there any viable alternatives? The platform in question should be extensible and flexible; ie. something we can tune and tweak and customize (for instance, fine-grain permissions are very important to the client).
The reason we are interested in having this work on top of SharePoint is the potential for integration with other information services (ie. connecting to the My Sites newsfeed, connections to documents, etc.).
Any help would be greatly appreciated.