One thing that I think could be clearer is all of the options for posts.
I personally don’t think they are confusing since I’ve been using them for a while. But I think they could be very confusing for new users, especially those new to forums in general.
One thing I don’t think is necessary is the
option (7th option). I can see how it can be helpful for making morphpedia
articles, but I think it just clutters the menu more and can make things more confusing.
I personally like menus, so I think that putting things into menus (one for text editing, another for pictures, and another for lists) would be helpful for me, but that might also make it harder to understand for new users.
Maybe something could be added in the settings where there are options for different levels of tools. For example the easiest would only have simple editing tools (bold, italic, hyperlink, image, list, and emoji) that is automatically the default for new users. But, as they go up in trust levels, more advanced tools are added (like image galleries, list options, GIFs, and hide details). There could be options in the settings where users can pick which level of tools they want, or maybe having a more advanced one (that adds things like underlines, strikethroughs, changing text size, and other tools). Maybe there could also be an option where users can select which tools they want and “customize” their option lists (I don’t know if this would get used enough to be worth the effort designing, but it’s just a thought I had).
One other thing is the carousel shows threads that don’t have photos in the first post (instead of the criteria being the #featured tag like it was, which worked great). This has been going on for a while, so I don’t know if there’s really a way to fix it or not. There also aren’t a ton of different pictures. It seems like there are only 2-3 dozen pictures that the carousel images are chosen from (always ones with a high like/view count)