Hmmm.... decisions, decisions. On one hand, I like SMF but not its uncertain future. Phpbb seems more popular but would require me to learn a bit more of the backend admin stuff. It's a bit unclear as to whether or not phpbb is more secure these days.
If only there was a forum that had the features of SMF and the support and familiarity of phpbb all wrapped into one.
I guess I won't really be able to "set it and forget it" but I'd like the closest thing to it. Right now, I need something I can get up quickly. MyBB might be good, but I'm not sure my skills are up to installing it from scratch. I could try, and if not, then use of the bulletin boards that Cpanel can install. In the end, looks like I'll have to learn a bit more about the backend than I was hoping to get into.
Ideally, it would be great to get one of these and be able to stick with it indefinitely. If it weren't for the cost, I'd get Vbulletin right away. If this bulletin board really takes off, I might regret that decision as it could be a real pain to transfer threads over later on.
I'm kind of leaning towards phpbb, despite some of its shortcomings. Once I get past the learning curve it might just be all right. Hopefully I can get it set up and configured myself, or at least for a low cost by outsourcing that aspect of it.