This is what I did with my Vanilla Forum [Some Feedback + A little Showcase]
Few days back I setup my forum and went with Vanilla as it's pretty clean, lightweight and much more modern and easier to use than traditional forums like phpbb3 and smf.
There were some great addons which made life very easy for me. Installing addons is also very convenient unlike PHPBB3 where all sorts of files are needed to be hacked. At the same time I feel some features should be shipped with the core forums like post count, top posters, number of views in threads, basic forum statistics in the footer or something. I'm sure developers are working very hard and I appreciate all the effort they put in. Hopefully some of these features come out in 2.1.
Anyway, here's the forum I designed and tweaked to my needs: http://www.devilgang.in/
It's a football (soccer) forum primarily following Manchester United. I'm looking for some feedback on the design and suggestions on what more can I add to it/do with it.
Of course if there's a football supporter over here, I'll be more than glad if you join.
Anyway, hoping to get some good feedback and I hope my feedback/suggestions for the forum were useful.