robzilla - 8:22 pm on Apr 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
It is so easy to install and modify a PHPBB or vBulletin forum
Thanks, I needed a laugh. Try modifying a vBulletin forum to look like WebmasterWorld (or anything that doesn't look like the default template), and you'll no doubt retract that statement. It's no wonder most forums look alike. phpBB is much better on that front, I'll admit.
As for keeping up with the times, some of the recent attempts to do just that, like the addition of Facebook and Twitter widgets (16 extra HTTP requests on this page, and noone seems to be using them, hello!), have only hurt the user experience.
The information is the key. The software here mostly does what needs to be done.