We need to have the very basic before doig anything else. We need forum. Not group forum. forum that is easily accesable without joining a group. Vanilla and phpbb is not an alternative because it has some issues with tag search and links and we have to tweak it over and over to match our theme. Simple forum like NING has would be a very valuable feature to elgg. Even JOOMLA social has it. Why can't we make it for elgg?