Hey @Shawn-Price, thanks for reaching out. It still seems like groups + forums per group would be the ideal answer here. Right now out-of-the-box, there is no support for NodeBB to create a category for a group whenever a group is created (the "group forum" concept), though this can be easily automated via a custom NodeBB plugin.
Just as with @grumpi, I'd advise you to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can come up with a custom quote for you.
I'm running v0.7.2
I'll check on my testing account.
Sorry, after checking through my group's permissions it has seemed to remove all those permissions. My guess would be that I recently renamed my group from 'Mod' to 'Staff'. I think a neat feature would be global permissions, so rather than me having to go through my twenty odd categories, applying all the permissions, I can just give site-wide permissions to a group.