Fast-forward to the present: XenForo. Working with XenForo is a dream that I don't want to wake up from. Mike and Kier–You guys did wonderful work with vBulletin, and when the plugin system was introduced I attempted to work on plugins and wanted to work with vBulletin and extend it for my own site. I'm not quite sure what it was but I could never quite get going with it, and things seemed quite difficult to do. However with XF, it's completely different.
I actually want to give back to the community. Taking what you guys, and others around the community, have given and doing something with it. It's insanely easy to work with XF and I really couldn't be happier. I don't feel like I'm working against the platform but that the platform is helping me forward.
Not only that, but everyone around here has been very helpful and patient as we all try to figure things out. XenForo makes programming and styling fun again, and I really hope to be able to contribute to the trend of coming together and making cool stuff. There's definitely something special here.