Firstly, very sorry to hear about your health problems. Hope you recover quickly.
I am currently working on a new forum prototype:
login (guest/guest) or make your own.
If you are interested in the project, I could certainly use your skills.
It is a new type of forum where the manual addition of categories is not needed. Users come to the site to talk about whatever they would want and can dynamically mold the forum to talk about topics that interest them.
Im currently in the process of implementing a query/algorithm that automatically places all topics into specific 'manual' categories for simplicities sake and to give the user an easier time to find things that they like.
For instance, if someone talks about the movie "Aliens" it could apply to a broad range of topics, such as, "movies" "space" "crazy." Its important to be able to accurately decide where the post should show up if the user decides to use the automatic filter, "entertainment."
I also plan to implement user-blogs, social experiences such as friends, favorites, profiles, achievements. All of which are written down (in places) and are quite detailed.
If youre interested, let me know and we can get together to share ideas further.