@burt: not sure where to look for those function calls, but the bp_is_directory() function is returning true. Is that fed off the same declaration?
@Jeff: cheers… any pointers on other pitfalls to look out for with the skeleton theme would be appreciated. I’ve picked up on quite a few html / css markup issues. My theme (based on skeleton) is for a commercial client, so I’d like to make sure it will stand up to core upgrades.