well it's a matter of perspective for me. I like switching between the two because sometimes when I'm cleaning things up, or introducing new forums I explore different perspectives between the two and see how they look overall
It's really deep, technical reasons. All sorts of things rely on the node type, including some unique checks, URLs, general handling, permission that apply, etc. It's really just a different concept to what you're used to, so it's not really reasonable to pull that in.
I think it's worth pointing out some of those technical differences.
In vBulletin 1, there were separate database tables for forums and categories, and they were genuinely different items. With vBulletin 2 and our introduction of infinitely (theoretically) nestable forums, it made sense to merge forums and categories into a single data type for performance reasons. Therefore, in vBulletin, a category is a forum, it's just a forum with 'Can contain posts' turned off. That's the only difference between the data.
Conversely, XenForo places forums and categories into a flexible node tree, into which any kind of data can be placed. In XenForo, categories, forums, links and pages are all nodes, but categories and forums both extend the node concept in different directions. They have different options, permissions and all sorts of other differences that means that unlike vBulletin, it's far from trivial to turn a forum into a category, and it's certainly not something you'd want to do on regular basis.
Two days ago spent an hour changing from forum to category.
12 times sent Kier and Co to hell desperatly trying to find a way to save my time
It would be a real hard thing to convert f-s into c-s some day if you decide that you don't need users leave posts in the forum - I changed manually all the forums, thanks god I have just tens of them.
I have no idea but could there be any way to make it easier - I'd welcome that.
A few days ago when I was playing with my test forum I created a forum when I was intending to create a category. Then I wanted to change the forum to a category but I couldn't find how to do that. I thought it was a bug or a missing feature and thought someone would report about it. Today, again, I created a category when I was aiming to create a forum, and couldn't find how to change the category to a forum.
OK, this is NOT a bug, and it's NOT a missing feature, as I see IT IS A FEATURE.
You might have a point in making it work like this, but to be honest, I find vB more flexible regarding this, and it's useful to make it so.
Please take into account making it easy to change one node type to on of the others, because there are a lot of people may want to put a forum as a category and vise-versa, or maybe some day someone will want to change the page into forum and vise-versa. It's really a very important feature that we need to use from time to time.
The concepts are simply not the same. You wouldn't post a thread and expect to be able to turn it into a private message, would you? Just because vBulletin stores the data in that way doesn't mean that we are going to do it in the same way. In fact, we do it differently, and in our opinion, better.
That makes no sense from a technical standpoint. Everyone is complaining about a few clicks to create another node - it's crazy. Are your fingers that fatigued that it's a burden, those few clicks? Damn, man.
"Dear Honda, it would be more convenient for me if I could switch the speedometer to a tachometer at my leisure. I understand that they are right next to each other, but I'm used to looking at the right side of the console and it is terribly inconvenient to look two inches to the left when I need to know my RPMs. So I really NEED to be able to make that switch whenever I'd like to. Thank you."