Okay well I cant comment on the hack.
As far as the included files they work quite well
If you post what types of errors you have trying to get the supported files working I might be able to suggest whats wrong and a cure.
In fact the inc_features.php you can set how to display the featured photos up or down
It would just be a matter of html in creating a sidebar to run it in the forum if you wanted to run it as a sidebar