We've had people test Chrome, FF and IE... none work at the sites with these two firewall products, sadly. HTTPS might work. That's a pain until free certs are widely available 😞 Not practical to have tons of them.
Badges and vertical posting
I have a few questions
Does Nodebb support badges? In the way like giving awards? Stating what rank you are.
Is there an option to change the horizontal layout to vertical like other forum boards? To show postbits like location, badges etc
I believe @Nicolas has a number of gamification plugins that are quite helpful
For the second question, you'll want to create or customise an existing theme so that the topic layout is vertical.