Long before this sparkly site came along, the team with the ideas tested out other platforms and solutions to deliver RIPE Labs.
Realised Forums/Fora are an essential element of RIPE Labs. Building a prototype of the site based on vBulletin just in case the fora of our favourite systems turn out to be not strong enough. Have artwork done by Paul at v7web.net. Not too bad for a prototype. And it works well enough too!