So, here's this thing I'm pondering around for some time now and would like to hear opinions on.
Basically I am considering turning Misago into flat board starting from 0.6.
What this means is that Misago would be less like classic forums like phpBB3 or xenForo or SMF, and more like "new wave" boards like Discourse, Esotalk or Vanilla.
Making this decision would mean certain changes to way users interact with site. Most noticeable ones would be option for making forum home an list of threads in all accessible sections instead of classic list of categories and forums. Second change would be "Start Thread" button located in navbar instead of forum view, bringing in ability for starting thread from everywhere in Misago.
From forum owners perspective, changes would be less noticable. Labels would be dropped and content hierarchy would be limited to two or three levels (categories with forums and subforums or just forums and subforums). Threads made within subforum would be displayed on parent's threads list as well.
The reason I'm interested in heading into that direction is very simple: if your board is only starting and has little traffic and/or narrow specialization, changing board index from forums list to threads list may increase users engagement, and this is good thing.
Naturally, there would still be option to display forums list on board index instead, and switch between would be possible at any time.
This changed approach to content would also open certain interesting UX options impossible on boards allowing for n-th deep content trees which I would love to explore.
So, I'm very interested in what you guys have to say about this. If I've decided to go this way, work on this change would most likely happen in sync with final overhaul of Misago 0.6 UI, which means there's at least half of year for making call there.