1) Same issue I brought up on day one -- limited fixed content width results in wasted space. The forums should emphasize readability and usability. I constantly find myself wishing I could scale the content width larger on large screens. This is a viewing issue, in contrast to....
2) Limited real estate in editor windows. Even the full page editor is a joke, as the actual working space is a fraction of what it could be on my screen. Toss a couple images into the post, and it becomes a frustrating exercise of scrolling mega-content within a mini view. Shoot, the iPhone web browser is more user friendly than this -- at least they built in special features to facilitate panning a small viewport over larger content.
3) Issues #1 and #2 are even worse when viewing/editing private messages, for whatever reason.
4) We need a preview post function because of #2
5) Search is still primitive and a major step back from VB.
6) The popup editor is always in the way. If I move it and then attempt to scroll the underlying thread (to refer back to other posts), the editor snaps back to center and obscures what I want to see. Basically, I have to position the content above or below the editor popup and scroll around it to read. Frustrating.
7) Universal smilie codes are not recognized :)
8) Spell check still doesn't use built-in correction in Safari (don't know about other browsers)
9) Editor traps some system default key combos. For instance, if I want to open a new window while editing a post, command-N (or ctrl-N on PCs) has no effect. I first have to get out of the editor before the key combos work.
10) Still appears that non-boot-fitters can post in "Ask a Boot Fitter", etc... (I keep doing this by accident), and non-supporters can post "for sale" items in gear swap. How hard is it to correct something like this? I think this is especially important in the gear swap forums, as that rule was implemented for a good reason (people were getting ripped off). If this can't be fixed in software, that forum needs to be patrolled better, and non-compliant posts need to be removed. Being able to sell in gear swap is one reason I justify paying supporter fees, so this needs to be protected.
11) Unique image names -- I keep running into cases where I upload an image to the forum and have to change the name because it was already taken. Never mind that it's a standard digital camera file name. We could at least auto-prefix the Epic username to file names to make them unique. I have taken to mashing the keyboard to insert random characters in the name, which is a poor solution to a dumb problem I shouldn't have to think about.
I don't even see the point to the image storage approach, as I have no easy way to view or choose from my uploaded images (that I can determine). When inserting an image, I have the option to type in the name of the stored image, which means I would need to keep my own catalog of image names or remember them. Any perceived benefit to this system is not being realized in the current implementation.
12) Some of the ads are irrelevant and/or scams and/or embarassing to see on Epic. Somebody needs to screen or approve these ahead of time. Going forward, I would love to see an ad-free option for supporters -- it would help justify the increased supporter fee.
In case anyone's wondering, what prompted this diatribe was a visit to another forum I read, which uses VB. It was an unexpected pleasure to use that forum software. It's not perfect either, but it works well and, as a whole, is a lot more usable and readable. I know it's been said time and time again that VB was holding Epic back from realizing some new and improved features, but IMHO, VB is a much more effective tool for forum-based communication. I'm sure it has it's drawbacks, but you can tell right away it's been honed by years of evolution to be user-centric forum software that gets the job done.