I feel that our default categories page is a bit too confusing and unfamiliar.
When you compare this to a more traditional /categories page which looks like
When you compare the “traditional” look I think there are quite a few advantages:
Subcategories get a “description” on the categories page
You can see all time totals (which to me is an advantage, lets you at a glance see how big a forum is)
Does not show topic titles, which cause some confusion on this page IMO
Shows names of users (which has advantages)
I don’t think the “old way” of doing stuff is to everyone’s taste, BUT I do feel that a lot of people would prefer a more traditional categories page that is less worried about mixing a list of topics with a list of categories.
I would like us to offer both flavors here.
Battlenet went for a mixture approach which is also interesting (only one list of topics vs one per category)