I’m looking for a new forum to use after many years using the old-school forums that are out there.
I’ve looked at nodeBB and mvcforum, among others (very cool minimal designs). Then I decided to look at Discourse and I must be honest: the design seems dated and clunky despite it being one of the first “next generation” forums.
It’s awkward to find my way around. For example, I’m not sure how to make it back to the “home”. And these pop-ups (upon pop-ups) are really annoying. The mystery links with the tiny drop-downs are also confusing.
And the topics with the bottom section that are packed full of icons and other links – well, I don’t know what that is for yet.
These are just my first thoughts and I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it and might even love it, but as a designer, I hope these first impressions are useful.