I've seen a few threads like this, where someone asks "What do you think of this new exciting NodeBB thing??" and everyone responds "I hate it because the tiles look bad/nonfunctional/etc".
Well...they may have somewhat of a point. Whenever I go to this forum, I avoid the homepage and just go straight to new posts. The homepage is sort of a barrier, and makes NodeBB look less innovative than it is. Am I just being a party pooper? The folks at Discourse had the same opinion (thought that the tiles looked like pinterest and not so useable compared to just a list of topics). And I've seen the same opinion on a few other sites, like this one says "So much clutter" but also "The guys making it are young, talented, hungry and listen to what the community says".
So who likes the tiles, who doesn't, and who prefers to be able to choose tiles or no tiles? I personally prefer to navigate down a topic list or by tags or search, rather than category boxes -- the latter takes more effort.