I think it could be enhanced by letting us ignore certain sections as well. For example, I do not want to see new member introductions and would rather have a select few sub-categories being displayed as compared to all of them.
Support. Even though it can be manually set in the preferences, I think category view should be made the default view for new users and guests. If nothing else, it’s a more familiar layout that’s similar to a forum index (presumably most people coming here are from GH).
Also, I’d suggest making dark the default theme, but I understand it’s a preference thing (though that would also help users transition from GH ).
The people who make Discourse don’t make take these choices lightly. The current default view increases community engagement/participation compared to the category view. This is why we stick with the default, but as @hineybush mentioned above, you can always change it if you don’t like it.
FWIW, I have added a link to the category view, however, in the Welcome/getting starting page, so it’s easier for new visitors to get a sense of the layout and scope of the site.
would be cool if new members can be greeted with a forum layout type. those that prefer a classical forum style a la GH have the option to select it, or go with the discourse style. I prefer the new layout. took a few minutes to get used to but already loving it. hopefully the forums takes off
I’d like to mention that the category view incorporates the latest view — all of the relevant info apart from users viewing the topic and the total number of views. I can see how the former can contribute to user engagement, certainly; on the other hand, having a handy navigation index right as you open the home page could prove quite useful. Especially when you’re, say, looking to quickly find a GB thread that may not have had recent activity in the past couple of days.