Re: WordPress + BBpress vs. WordPress + Vanilla
What do you mean by manual?
You have to change some settings in config.php, but that’s it. Nothing a monkey with a keyboard and a human to do the work for him couldn’t do … really, it’s simple. No editing code or the like. Even if it’s in a different subdomain you barely have to do anything.
Certainly doesn’t sound as much work as installing Vanilla – bbPress is set up to use mostly the same tables as WP already …