I’ve been following the development of Mark O’Sullivan’s cool new discussion forum for the past six months. Vanilla, “the sweetest forum on the web”, is a really amazing forum application that uses some smooth Web 2.0 AJAX and a clean user interface. I think it’s great to see a well-done, standards-compliant forum that’s easy to install, configure and use. He’s really taken what I love about forums and stripped out all the crap, like the focus on statistics and clunky interfaces. You can see it running by visiting the Lussumo Community, the forum for Vanilla users.