No offense intended here, but it's getting to the point where the meta-discussion of the forum - the software used, the boards to implement, etc., is overtaking the intended purpose, which is to discuss IF, and it's a little tiresome at this point. The debate over *which* board engine to use seems a little pointless. I haven't noticed any 'steep learning curve' in figuring out how to a)register or b)post a reply. It seems this is just a point of personal preference for many people, and there's no 'objective' better or worse, unless you want to start comparing things like security (the lack of which which phpBB used to be notorious for).
In the end, I don't really care, and suspect many others don't, either. How bout we get on with things here? Merk is a particularly active member of the Hugo forums over at Joltcountry; perhaps he can kick things off with some Hugo tips n tricks, in the process silencing those heathens who would do away with a dedicated Hugo board here.