@julian Thanks, I'm aware of suggested topics, we're already using that but it gets topics from other categories too. Which doesn't work when you just want to focus on certain type of topics (a category) only.
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.