Things are less formal than that for example there are no real open feature requests older than our new release.
There was nothing negative in my reply simple a clarification that some things would be considered modifications and others could be included into the build. vbulletin has certain features and functions just as our program does. Our application is a full featured application that claims to use the vb3 header footer stylesheet and use the user login.
As far as development I cycle back and forth between reviewpost and classifieds and when I open a beta I look at user suggestions see whats doable whats not and prioritize. Users participate in the beta and I get feedback etc. thats usually how things work.