The usual way to make things like this work is by having a
standardised api. In the case of membership for a website, it might
look something like:

get_unique_user_id # of logged in user
get_username_for_id( id )

Then if a forum has tables such as:

thread -> references username
post -> ditto

and maybe methods like

send_pm( user )
find_posts( user )

if you are prepared to sacrifice the actual foreign key relationship,
not that big a thing IMHO, you can do it all through the API. The
person that writes the forum code/schema can actually have two install
options - with and without the user table.

Cat almost has this in place at present.

There's an infinite supply of time, we just don't have it all yet.

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