@idonotlikeusernames and @MutonElite, the XX/XX scroll in in the bottom right can jump you anywhere in a conversation. I don’t know about anyone else, but I find it preferable to the pages. To check the OP, all I have to do is type # 1 enter and it sends me right to the first post. To get to the end, or anywhere else, just change the number.
This is the big point I agree with, but in a slightly different way. Discourse seems to have generally used large margins, which creates some, strange annoyances with appearances.
The first is an agreement that the Posts/Views/Activity could be narrowed a little bit to take up less room. As for your mention of the display of frequent posters, I really like it. It tells me who’s actually talking in a topic which can tell me a lot about a topic. For example, if @CJW is in a topic, I know that any technical aspects are well covered. If it’s a question that I have, that’s the first place to look, while if it’s a question I think I can answer, I know the answer is already covered.
The second is, because of Vanilla’s structure, we’ve had a lot of pinned topics, but this isn’t really a good idea with Discourse. This is, I think, mostly just Jason needing to change how he posts to beta requests.
A small point, and I think this is a cross between Discourse not being clear in what certain things are used for and new users naturally having used the system for very long. ‘Favorited’ topics are mostly meant to be for topics that you want to go back to after the fact. Watching topics (which you can change at the bottom of every thread) is probably more what you’re looking for. It’ll mean any new posts in any thread you’re watching will get sent to the ‘Unread’ grouping at the top of the main forums.
Discourse will also auto watch certain threads for you (the exact settings can be changed in your preferences).
AFAIK, already covered (it’s a default function of Discourse).