I have been doing online community since the 90s; my first website was 1996, and I adore XF. A few quibbles but I think 1.2 will cover most of that.
All my XFs are not so much small as micro - very personal communities of under 50 members.
STATIC XF I even use it for one static site - no members just info pages, a slightly customised Contact page; one forum where I post threads as a kind of simple FAQ. The reason I chose to use XF in a nonstandard way was it gives me a comfortable, familiar editor. I can create and edit pages frontend. (It also matches its partner site in look and feel, which is the community it recruits to.) Have been told the design is appalling by experts on here but my clients tell me they love it so that's what matters.
ONLINE EDUCATION XF Running a small online school where the forum handles staff support, homework exchange, teaching materials. Intend to add payments, and a ticket system.
Articles due any minute via a custom RM to take over another addon which never got finished.
PERSONAL COMMUNITY XF A group of freethinkers interested in Celtic/ Goddess/ Freedom politics/ Earth issues - and a mutual support clan. We share writing a lot and photos/ artwork, so my custom RM is going to be important to take over another addon which never got finished. My design on www.housemorgain.co.uk/circle
has divided opinions: WE love it, on here it's a love/hate reaction.
I'm a Matriarch with a much beloved wild and hairy Welshman who adores me; our late life adult son who works in the family education project with us (he's a member here too and was deeply insulted when someone here accused him of not existing as a real person - has become family folklore that one) .
As a Welsh family, we live in CasNewydd near Caerdydd in an enormous old Elizabethan manor house we have been slowly renovating as money permits - got it cheap as it was a wreck. 3ft walls create a wondrous haven.
Our home deities are seven Cats mainly Maines, Siberians, one Abyssinian cross. Large fierce loving ladies whose politics endlessly fascinate, and who I often much prefer to humans.My avatar is my babiest amazon.
Though very disillusioned with society and humanity since the global robber barons smashed community over the last 30 years, I like THIS community very much. I come here as much because community skills are as important to me as software --- no, more so. This is a good place.
Thanks for neat thread.