I'm trying to get a handle on what I can and can't do with forums. I have read about how buddypress forums are different, inasmuch as they are created as part of a group, and anyone can create a new group with corresponding forum, all well and good, I get that and see it working in practice.
What I want to know is can I have a more traditional set of forums at the same time (bearing in mind bbPress comes bundled with buddypress)?
Specifically, I'm happy for users to create groups with forums willy-nilly, but I want some "permanent" forums, rather like these ones on wpmudev, that are created and managed by me, site-admin, and are visible to everyone under a dedicated forums page (I'll have to call it 'discussions' or somesuch to avoid confusion), distinct from the user-generated-forums that are a part of buddypress.
I imagine that would involve either just creating a Page on the main site where the forums live (which sounds like the simplest option), or do I need to create another "site" with its own theme etc., and add a link to that site on the menu bar?
I'm playing around with the bp-social and bp-fun themes at the moment and will probably base my site on one of those themes.
If anyone could give me some pointers as to how to set up the dedicated forums page that would be great. Thanks.