I have seen some discussion going on in regards to the clutter in the forum threads overview (let’s say that Discourse already cleaned most of the haunted house of forums) nevertheless i am keen to know what is the reason behind showing the participants avatars in this overview.
Considering that it is limited to 5 and can definitely go way beyond that number, what is the usefulness of having such a feature compared to the scalability of the posts overview?
And more, what is the real key information that an user needs to scan trough a big list of posts and will help him/her take a decision on what to read? Topic title, number of likes, number of views…?
Continuing the discussion from Cluttered interface, progressive reduction, ideas…: