Why dosen't Vanilla use other jQuery/PHP plugins that are open source?
There are a lot of plugins and scripts made out by talented guys and most of them are open sourced. So why dosent vanilla inorporate them inside their official releases. There is a lot of html/css development going on too.
Its just a small suggestion from my side , you can look into unheap.com , webappers.com , smashingmagazine.com , tympanus.net/codrops/ for some examples.
I just felt like vanilla is a little back on newer web design and development trends. Although individuals can modify it to their needs , but some basic trends should be followed and incorporated into official releases too.