I used e107 back in the day. Slow but not bad for its time.First website (static) 1996.
First forum 2001 I used an online service at first all readymade but ad supported - that was an international academic seminar of scholars linked to my PhD work ... but universities v resistant to the idea .. most still are or else they debase it to a cheap costcutter.
2002-3 I struggled with e107. Gave up went to email lists.
VB 2005-when XF started. Brief go at IPB ugh and home again to XF.