I've been roped in to do a few bits and pieces on a SharePoint project at work, it's my first SP project.
The project is an intranet for a govt. dept. with a bit of everything: doc mngt, forums, sub-sites for each department etc. By and large SP looks like a reasonable fit to me. However the look & feel for the intranet was outsourced by the govt. dept. to a graphic design firm and our mandate is to implement that on top of SP.
One of my tasks is to get the forums (discussion list) presented in the same look and feel. The problem is depsite days of searching and trying various things out there doesn't seem to be an easy way to get all the forum functionality into a out of the box web part. I can present the discussion list subjects or use a content query web part to get certain messages but there's always a link on a post that ends up back at the default SP view of the discussion list.
My question is whether this project is using SP in the wrong way? By deciding to implement a completely different UI on top of SP most of the effort on the project seems to be to fighting to prevent any way of dropping down into the default SP interface.