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I'm self-taught with web stuff so software with instructions for a layman is important to me. I have run a forum before, but it was hosted by a free service (that put ads on it).
The sites of the other suppliers I have checked out like vBulletin frightened me away.
It has more than enough features, and is extremely user friendly with great support and mod sites.
It is currently at Release Candidate 4 in its version. I would wait until MyBB gold version is released which should be any day now. I will sticky you the URL.
Good luck with your search :)!
The next stop I usually make is the forum's own forum. I look for what kind of problems people are reporting and how quickly a reply is received. If you see posts about installation problems languishing for days, you can expect to have difficulty getting support if you need it. Also look at the quality of the replies, i.e., do they come from the authors or support team? Do they usually get the answer right the first time? Overall, look for a busy, vibrant community.
The next stop is to look at the hacks that have been written. You won't need most of them, but a good base of existing hacks suggests that if you find something you need down the road, it may already exist or there will be someone you can hire to write it.
Good luck with your new forum.