The new forums bring a lot of new functionality and a more fluid and communal structure. These things are good. However, they take quite some getting used to. After a couple of days of using them, these are my first reactions to them.
What are your likes and dislikes?
I like the fact that the new forums might encourage more interaction and
cross-promotion between the marketplaces.
I like the way that you sort by category tags. This is likely to
overcome my old forum behaviour of only ever hanging out in a couple
of threads and one forum.
I like the notifications icon a lot. (the little speech bubble top
right) I can see myself using that a lot.
I like the new moderation tools.
I like the fact that you can see and click on your unread topics in
the forum overview and jump straight to them. This provides much more
easy continuity with the threads you have contributed to.
It is too detached from the marketplaces, both visually and in terms
It feels like there’s too many features and too much detail up at the
top level. Lots of visual noise. That makes it a bit unintuitive and
it sort of feels more like a programmer’s forum than a designer’s
The forums are less visual than they were. Envato sells (often
visual) creative media. The forums need to reflect that more and be a
more visually tasty experience.
The users are designers. They design really nice avatars to fit into
an 80x80 square box. The forums squish this into a circle with a
48pixel diameter. What!??
Now that a user’s overall post count and badges are no longer
immediately visible, I realise how much I was subconsciously relying
on these as an immediate insight into a user’s forum and marketplace