To SEO or not to SEO forum URL

ssslippy from phbforum said:

Actually google has a seperate search engine algorythim(sp?) for forums. In all honesty you dont need SEO url’s anymore. All the major search engines can handle forum url’s now. The best thing you can do is make sure you put your content before your menu’s via divs. Put the proper <h1><h2> tags in the right places.
I am not going to go through everything for SEO but you should google it up and see whats out there for how to make a page properlly seo friendly.
I enjoy the pretty url’s on my forums cause they are pretty and that is the only reason i use them

I like what this guy is saying and I approve but what about forums.digitalpoint.com and webmaster-talk.com

They are both big forums, the first DP don’t use a SEO for url’s and the second does. Are you the same idea that the friendly url is not any more necessary for the search spiders??!

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