I literally think that this forum is a complete abomination. Not the contents of the forum - the forum itself.
Every single forum that I’ve used in the last twenty years had a much better experience.
Just about everyone who comes here comes for technical information. Here’s what hinders that:
- White space. Adding tons of whitespace everywhere makes it harder to find information, since it’s obviously not on the screen. So then you have to scroll, and scroll…
- Scrolling. Why no regular, old school pagination? Every single forum that I’ve used in the past had normal pagination. Nobody ever complained. These infinite scroll threads make it harder to find what people come here to find. Only a few posts are loaded, so ctrl/cmd+f don’t work. Yes, you can use search, but searching current page shouldn’t be hindered.
- Width. This forum would be considered wide in 2000. The main container is what - 1100px wide? Why not full width? If I view a thread things get even worse. The scrolling widget, placed in favor on normal pagination, takes up ~30% of the already squished content? I believe old school punchcards had 80 characters on them. 80 characters won’t even fit without scrolling horizontally.
These are my major points but I could probably write for hours about the usability of this forum, and I’m no UI/UX guy.