pangea it seems like you think I was attacking you somehow? I wasn't being concending or sarcastic, I didn't know Dreamhost's policy on handing out e-mail addresses so I found what you said interesting. I just use the phrase general public to represent someone that wouldn't be working with other shell/ftp services.
I didn't think I said anything that put anyone else down or would make you think that I regard myself as better than anyone else. I can only go based on what someone and said, and billybob has said he needs a subdomain for his forum. I didn't know if he thought there was more involved in creating a subdomain then there is, that's why I explained what needs to be done currently and tried to make an observation about what could be done in terms of creating dynamic subdomains. Sorry for any confusion.
Edit: I went through and re-read billybob's post, and it seems like he wants to create a service for hosting phpbb's not just his own, this is probably where the confusion came in. This is probably something that I have to assume DreamHost wouldn't like you doing on a shared host (probably for sql hits more than anything else). AFIAK they handle domains the same on both services, but I'm sure you could get creative with an apache mod or a shell script that would automate the proccess for you. Sorry again for misreading.