Corresponds nicely with my experience. The last time I think people really got pumped for a new feature was when reactions replaced the simple Like we used to have. Some people had suggested it based on social media experience. But the last major upgrade, I did a series of posts publicizing new features and most of them just sailed by without comment. We are using article forums but that is largely because of me pushing the idea.I find that our visitors keep coming back because of the content, not for features. I'm excited for 2.3 but it won't make a single bit of difference to just about all of our members, regardless of forum--they didn't join us years (or decades) ago because we had the newest, shiniest forum software. So I don't worry about it that much. Do they like some of the new features? Sure! But they've done without.
Curious? Heck yeah. I always like to see what the XF developers are up to. But my forums won't die because none of them have 2.3 either.