plugins for social network and/or forum?

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Posted: 11/24/2015
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I need to build a site where teachers can collaborate and discuss issues. I did install bbPress, but I am not really liking the look of the plugin - it doesn't seem to format as nicely as the stand alones like phpBB, Vanilla, or MyBB. But I do like how it goes with my theme.

BUT, I am not sure if a forum is the best route or whether I need some sort of format more like a social network.

Yes, I know I could use both.

Any suggestions for the forum and building a social network?

I do know about BuddyPress...but it probably has more overkill than I was looking for, but maybe not.

Also, I would want both to be completely private - have to be registered.