For those of you that know - it was my enjoyment of using XF that prompted me to (re)start learning PHP. XF also recharged my interest in building a network; last year I managed to merge 192 domains into a "super network" (super like awesome and not like superman) which may some day actually drive more than 20,000 visitors a day. Yeah - that common menu idea never took off for me. And ... eventually my work on Research Notes may hit a stride beyond "alpha or beta or someday" ....
So - thanks for all support, ideas, prompting, and funny posts about the XF lawsuit.
I look forward to 2013 !