some things I'd like to see...
quick reply (fat chance...)
a built-in IRC interfaced chat (see above)
a bit of DHTML on the polls to avoid a few extra page loads
better default smileys (i heard a nasty rumor about them being in olympus to debut with the new style as well)
un-deletion of topics for better moderation/administration. say you need a dead thread back, you can just revive it like in vB, the one feature they have that I freakin' love (other than QR :p )
better IM client support. for instance, use Skype as one of the fields, along with the skype://" target="_blank protocol, etc.
Karma (CC project)
WYSIWYG editor (CC project)
and the fact that these are all, for the most part, minor things shows just how far phpBB has come. from 2.0 my list was this plus every feature that was added :p
Quick Reply: even though I can see the usefullness of it, this is a 'do_it_yourself_feature'. which isnt that hard. just make a field which links to the file that works it through.
DHTML: maybe, though polls are IMHO not that hard for pageloads
Better default smilleys: you would like that- I for one love the current ones
Un-Deletion: making a special 'garbage' forum to move all the threads to is all you need. this simply uses resources which wouldnt be necessairy
Karma: now, this is a widely discussed subject.. Karma systems dont work. why? look at the way people are. ( I dont like you! neg reps. OMG but I DO like that character! nep-rep for ya n00b ) this is a pure example, I for one visit a lot of forums which use these kind of systems. and it happens.
WYSIWYG: apparantly you dont know about browsers and all. want to know why Dreamweaver/Frontpage are hated? because of the WYSIWYG part. WYSIWYG makes it look good in one browser, but in the other it completely sucks. aside from that, it changes existing code- which I hate with a passion. ( you try finishing a school assignment site- which MUST be made using DW. I accidently click on the site in preview, and there you have it- my whole code was screwed to death )
1) EasyMOD is good for that IMHO
having it build-in... why not. well, not all people want to install mods, and if you see the needed 'install support'- which would heavily increase, that's a no-go I am afraid. besides, if I want something- Ill mod it myself
2) Auto-Updater. now that- THAT would be damn usefull. this helps webmasters who are not 24/7 available. I would love this. but- in combination with EasyMOD/MODs it might prove to be a disaster- changed code and all