Why do most forum softwares use the same layout?
At its foundation a forum is really a CMS with multiple authors, so why serve the content in similar layouts but with only different skins?
I have been searching for years for a forum software that gets rid of this but so far have found none and so I must code my own.
When are forum software going to break free of the forum layout stereotype?
Just to give you a view of alternatives, here's an example of breaking free of the typical layout, yes it is not pretty but my photoshop skills are not the best either.
An enterprising person could make a truckload of cash if they could devise a way to make a forums layout very easy to customize and arrange all the pieces as one would like to have it.
*edit to add
let me give you an example of a non-boring forum, or a site that at first glance appears to not be a forum but actually is using one
the site is made using an extremely customized version of VB