But I have been shocked to discover a type of community which has quick, sleek connections very much in the spirit of XF - but XF lacks these features. They integrate the Profile page with Your Content, and a popup chat allows lively exchanges individually to strengthen bonds. Far from drawing input away from the main shared areas it stimulates it.
I think it's joomla. Anyway on this site my profile page has a wall, of course. But here I get ALL my posts, shown as snippets with a Read more ... link. Plus direct posts to my Profile or to others.
(I expect moderators would be able to switch a lot of their routine posts off this)
The result is I have ALL my content gathered in one place, for me to see, or those I allow access. No need to look it up in different places and my content is not hidden behind a tab away from my visitors. Those who comment on my forum posts are there as well, but all neatly dispalyed with Read more ... snips. The story track of combined Profile posts - mine or my posts on others, and my forum posts, is a whole cloth of great interest. From it I can click the writer's own page, or the discussion they have contributed to.
The popup chats are delighful. I have 2 tabs bottom right. One shows me who's online - seems to update in realtime very fast, not like the front page here. From this each name offers me either their profile page, or a private chat. Bliss.
The other chat is a group one, like a shoutbox for any members who are online. It displays my (small) avatar and text, as does the online members list. A discreet quiet bleep tells me if someone posts in this or a pc, which I can disable if I wish.
I've always felt the XF Profile page is a poor relation and the lack of realtime chat for quick exchanges is a lack too (I know a chat can be added but this joomla version is so well integrated).
At last something for XF to aim at to get really powerful community connections going. Very strange to find XF is being outdone at last but I think this is a creative challenge.