- phpBB base (I know it, easy to use, and I dont have the funds atm to purchase ipb or vB)
- Separate forums for each author with full access granted to the author
- WYSIWYG editor (this is a really BIG point here. I have personal experience in the difficulties of preserving formatting going from MS Word to a forum. not pretty. a proper WYSIWYG editor will clear this up.)
- Rating mod (display a star based rating next to the topic which users can openly rate said topic)
Any other ideas anyone has got to add?