OK, so I've read all 7 pages now and what I'm not clear on is what the value proposition of IPC is? I've been using IPB - I mean I installed and have been an admin on several installs after since - for 4+ years now. However for our CMS one admin installed Joomla and I've used SiteFinity (that's a .Net product made by Telerik for you php dudes) as well.
Some folks seem to want a tool kit out of IPC, others a full fledged (read mature) CMS. My question for the staff is why should I choose IPC over some other CMS? Are you targeting the WordPress crowd? The Joomla crowd? Or is it intended to be simply an add-on for hard core IPM coders who are fluent with php (and thus by proxy, HTML/CSS)? Answer that and you may solve a lot of frustration centered on what the product is/is not, and prevent people from buying it when it's not what they need (and thus, frustrated customers).
I'd like to give this product a go esp. as it would be awesome to do things like (yes, these are user scenarios I'd love to have fulfilled):
1. Easily create a page in my CMS that pulls data from my IBP, e.g. like top 30 rated topics or maybe a filtered list of members based on a custom field.
2. Easily promote an excellent topic from a sticky (pinned) topic (or post?) to an actual content page (saves me copying pasting, and it would auto-link to the related discussion)
3. Cool WYWIWYG way of dragging links from IPM to an IPC page, or perhaps even from the Gallery to an IPC page
However so far I'm wondering how it is "better" than some other CMS I can buy (or like Joomla, get for free).
Also, given that this is 7 pages in, it would seem to me that you'd have a wealth of people willing to be beta testers. Even if not on our own sites, why not just create one with weekly builds that we can explore and give direct feedback to?
I'll agree that I shouldn't have to know how to do PHP code to make the dang thing work, but for HTML I'm not sure this is the case. I can have HTML novices post content in the raw which gets it to 90% and always have an admin tweak it if needed. I've yet to see any CMS product (though yes, I've seen home grown solutions but who wants to spend $100k in developer time for a free site) in the past 10 years that truly obviates the need for basic HTML knowledge to use without issue.