Only Wikipedia can compete with forums. BUT Wikipedia is not interactive.
So if Xenforo wants to succeed more, it must be an excellent information supplier and container. This is what Xenforo 2.0 should focus on. From start on you have the advantage of being interactive, what hugely lacks is the information supplying.
For example the sidebars are in a ridiculous way not used. I can't understand this. You just have a "who is online widget", and nothing useful by default. Even if you think that profile posts widget, etc. are useful, still the whole sidebar is not filled. Look on every forum you visit. 1/3 of a sidebar is filled, 2/3 is blank.
You must make use of this blank space. My dream would be to have 2 sidebars, one left and one right. So while you post messages, on your right and left side everything is live running. So even while you provide information with your own message, at the same time you get information from the sidebars. Other information than the thread content. I don't know, maybe I want to read some news? Maybe some younger guys want to watch twitch while posting? I know it from my younger brother that they live practically with twitch. You must make a use out of this.
So, I was talking about information supplying. But what about containing? Can someone tell me how a typical forum contains information?
I tell you: Mainpage->forum>thread->post
That's it. This is simple and effective and should stay like that BUT it needs enhancements.
Don't forget, the better a library is archived well, then easier you will find the book you are looking for. But that doesn't end there. A book itself has an index. So I can find very quick and easily the information I need.
And this must be improved on forums. The information containing must be better. It can't be that this thread has 32 pages and I haven't read 31 pages of that. All the previous made messages have no value for me. I don't know how but there must be an indexing/categorizing/tagging, so valuable information is found.
And then, how about threads? How are they helpful for containing information? Let's see the thread list of each forum. What kind of information do I see? The only information for me is the title, that's all. And, if applied, a prefix. It is like in a forest. Lots of trees. But there are no kind of categorizing for me. Some kind of a menu system is needed. Something like a "similar threads" system. So older threads get recognized, so information from older times which still have value are used.
Everyone ignores threads for example, when they see that this thread was from 2 years ago. I bump it and hope for help/clarification/discussion, but people are not interested. So the thread rests in peace. There must be a way of recycling old information/threads. They must be integrated.
Besides the "futuristic" traits, here are some wishes of me.
I hope that existing add-ons will function also for Xenforo 2.0.
I really hope to see an advanced calendary system. It is a shame that this kind of interaction was not made by default. And still we have no alternative yet as a custom add-on.
The sidebar must be used.
If I preview my own message, I also want to see the last messages of the thread, so I can refresh my memory while I post something.