@Kamal-Patel Basically what I've read in a nutshell is:
"Well I'm looking for an alternative to NodeBB for the upcoming project I'm trying to create."
"I've tried a whole bunch of nice forums out there, but none of them are a fit for me."
"NodeBB isn't fully-featured enough for my needs at this time."
"I need badges or else."
Well currently for me as it stands, I am in the same boat as you minus the "trying to find an alternative" part, so I share your view point. Sometimes I feel there are priorities that are a bit more important than others but seem to get deferred for something that is really not too important. You have to keep in mind they are only three guys so it's only so much they can do at a time. The work they've done so far is quite amazing so kudos to that. I remember when NodeBB was in its infancy. Many, many bugs, and very bland. Feels like less than a year to be honest.
However, I'm sure it will come around sooner or later. But hey, if it doesn't suite your individual timeframe then I'm sorry to hear that.
I like this post very much.
When we talk about forums that are out there with tens of hundreds of plugins, it is that very same reason why the architecture of those forums are so stuck. It would cost too much to change the core engine and at the risk of losing their user base. As a result, many of them are just plugging along hoping to further extend the life of their engine. However, those engines are inherently dated and slow.
I would rather work with an engine that's on the bleeding edge and with little plugins but with the right foundation to make use of modern web tools. This is why NodeBB is so attractive. I personally think that it has enough plugins to build a vibrant forum. It has all the fundamentals that one would need. The main criteria that I was searching for in forum solution is simple core and elegant design. The presentation of NodeBB is the best I've seen yet - it allows for simple and intuitive interaction by users. It is clean, yet dynamic. It almost feels like I've just discovered gold in its purest form.