MS forums overall are teh Suk
Hate to say it but there ARE occasionally solutions that are > than MS solutions.
The 1st and only bb I ever created was a PhP.BB. Never failed, never glitched and didn't care how many people we had on-site.
I'm truly NOT a fan of open souce but most MS forums are teh suXX04...
OTOH this one is vastly superior to anything I've ever seen.... MS should package the forum solution and sell the hell out of it.
BTW: I DO feel your pain ........ I just don't bother any more.