BuddyPress Dead or Alternatives?

I have been playing with BuddyPress and have purchased a few plugins from BuddyBoss. I'm growing with frustration, as it seems that all of the support and content for BuddyPress was all written 2014 or prior. I find their support forum to be unhelpful, and the some paid plugins are actually unsupported and no longer work. So, all that rant to ask...

1. Is BuddyPress still a viable and vibrant plugin/platform for social networking. Or...
2. Is there something else out there?

My main issues that I've been having are specific to how Buddypress favorite/linking are independent from native Wordpress blogs.

Thanks for the feedback/comments.