Hello. There was considerable discussion over which software to use. The moderation functionality of Discourse is quite a bit more advanced than in phpBB. That's what the rest of the mods were sold on. I kept holding out for phpBB and the appropriate plugins or for Xenforo. Xenforo costs $140 for the first year and $40. I think that's quite reasonable, but the rest of the mods didn't want to delay another fortnight to evaluate another package. I'm fairly certain that I can craft a plugin to Discourse to tune or disable infinite scrolling. It also looks like the forum skins can be altered to very closely match the old forum. That combined with the upcoming pagination plugin made me reluctantly agree to using Discourse. Thus the changeover became unanimous. I'm still keeping a close eye on things.
Glad to know you're keeping an eye on things and working towards making Discourse work more like a real forum, but so far, Discourse has proven to be broken when it comes to basic, normal forum functionality and expectations. The fact that so much has to be done just to make it work the way a forum is supposed to work, that, to me, makes it a failure as forum software.
I'm not sold on "it's easier on the mods" as a reason to shoehorn users into a piece of software that doesn't work for them... A community should cater to the userbase over the mods, within reason.
Hence, I threw together this Proboards forum, which looks and functions much more in the way those who are displeased with Discourse expect a forum to work and look. I'm not trying to pilfer the userbase from over there, but rather have a place where people who are just not going to be happy there anymore can go. They aren't going to want to use a site that no longer suits them and this is a place where they can kick back and enjoy being part of a community that uses a forum style that suits them. They don't have to feel trapped, with only one space to gather, that no longer feels like a good fit. Heck, maybe they'll try this out and head back there when they feel "what the heck, why not" about it.
I just think it's good to have options and this is an option.
It doesn't look like this can work. It's owned by boards.net, with their own "code of conduct" and "terms of service" (meaning they can shut it down without notice, since the forum is theirs, not ours) and they put ads on the forum.
I think that creating an alternative forum requires more than opening a free one on boards.net. Even if miraculously every single intfiction.org user migrated here, it wouldn't be a good place for the community, as we don't actually own the place. We're guests.