Ran across an interesting project on CodePlex. This is a project that provides enhanced functionality for community sites projects built on SharePoint. Actually, there is a variety of interesting projects on CodePlex related to SharePoint.
The Community Kit for SharePoint is a set of best practices, templates, Web Parts, tools, and source code that enables practically anyone to create a community website based on SharePoint technology for practically any group of people with a common interest.
Community Kit for SharePoint: User Group Edition (or CKS:UGE) 1.0The CKS:UGE 1.0 is a site admin template (.STP file) designed for user group websites. The default settings and content of a SharePoint site that's been created with this template can be used with minimal modification by any Microsoft product oriented user group. Nevertheless, a user group of any product will find this template to be a compelling option with which to create a SharePoint site for its members. The CKS:UGE demo site is at http://SharePoint.Microsoft.com/SharePoint/cks/uge.
Community Kit for SharePoint 2.0The CKS 2.0 will include several different editions that consist of custom Master Pages, web parts, and Features.