It seems Chip doesn't want anyone to comment on his site.
Of course, the blog format came to my mind as well, but I had the impression from reading between the lines that Chip wasn't keen on the blog format. I had the impression that he wanted a forum-looking landing page, but for the purpose of using it like a blog. It was that "impression" that had me thinking and eventually adding my two-cents above.
I find the idea of using forum software for the purpose of a blog rather refreshing. Blogs look like what they are -- a blog. If you've seen one blog, you've seen them all, so to speak. Of course, there are all sorts of variations, but when you get right down to it, they all leave the same impression -- another blog.
A forum turned into a blog, on the other hand, seems a bit of a novelty. I can't say as I've ever seen that done, although I imagine it probably has.
As for needing to remove all references to, how did you phrase it?
... I feel I would have to "gut" any reference to comments, members, posting, community etc from the pages.
There are various references to members that could easily be removed, but on the index page of phpBB I do not recall the word "community" being visible.
Let's see, this at the top would go:
User Control Panel (0 new messages) • View your posts / FAQ / Members / Login
View unanswered posts • View new posts
Maybe, "View new posts" should stay.
And at the bottom:
Who is online
In total there are 2 users online :: 2 registered, 0 hidden and 0 guests (based on users active over the past 60 minutes)
Most users ever online was XXX on Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:33 pm
Registered users: Google [Bot], Rhet-or-Ric
Legend: Administrators, Moderators
And this under "Statistics:
Total members XX • Our newest member XXXXXXXXXXX
I think that would remove anything that implied membership was being solicited.
I don't know, I just like the feel of the idea, as can already be gathered from what I've written.
By the way, do let us know, Chip, in what direction you end up going. I am quite curious, as can also be discerned from what I've written.