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I ask because it seems that an editorial blog post which covers the gist of a forum thread in detail is more likely to be well ranked than the forum post itself.
I see some sites creating posts just to talk about a forum thread's subject just to outrank the thread right now. Many of these link to the thread, including some to WW.This may simply be a technical issue - most forum platforms, at least in their default installed form, are and have always been terrible as far as even the basic SEO is concerned - no canonical URLs, session IDs in URLs, both threads and individual messages indexable (and sometimes under a few different URLs each), various sorting representations of the same content indexable under different URLs and the list goes on. Name a particular glaring technical SEO issue - all forum software packages have it unless you spend time to find, install, often times pay for a patch that cures some of the issues. Usually, with every basic system upgrade you break all your patches and the list of SEO related issues goes on.