This is entirely subjective, but I loathe the look and feel of Discourse. Is there a chance that the forums might be migrated to something a bit more… professional(?)… in the future? I am referring to something along the lines of Xenforo or Invision. Those forums have a sleeker design, and they make it far easier to find the information you’re looking for. Not to mention that it is easier to understand the layout. That’s just my $0.02, but I figured I would ask in case this is something that other people have thought as well.
Not really, no. Not only are those alternatives you mentioned not free, but they also comes with their own issues and concerns.
Beyond that, setting another forum up, creating art resources necessary for it, attempting to move all other users over to it, etc is a major move that doesn’t really gain us anything.
We might be able to improve some aspects with Discourse (such as the front page layout, possibly, and the default theme), but that’s about it.
To be honest, these forums are very intuitive for me because I spent years on Stack Overflow and they are basically a sibling project to that site. Formatting, tags, badges, etc. are all very familiar.
No apologies are necessary. As I said before, my opinion on this is entirely subjective and I don’t expect everyone to have the same opinions as I do. I’m still glad that SpecialK is able to grow beyond Steam. Thanks for all you guys do!