I have been an enormous fan of NodeBB since discovering it in April 2014. We used it to power our forums for our free math+science learning site, and we appreciate your listing Expii on your front page of companies using your software!
I just installed the fresh NodeBB (1.3.0), and I am amazed by how great it is. There is even a plugin to support math input, which is was a major feature request for our community! The whole forum looks extremely well-designed and professional, and it feels smooth. Congratulations on some great work!
I noticed that one feature had been taken out: the real-time list of people viewing the thread you were looking at. I found a discussion thread about this from the beginning of this year:
Do you have any plans to release a plugin which would bring this back? Back when I was choosing our forum platform (April 2014), that was the feature which really got me super-excited about NodeBB. Unlike all other forum systems, this one felt like you were actually among people, and not just interacting with a website.
Our upcoming use case would make this particularly valuable. We are a community-built learning website, in the sense that all of the content is user-generated, and shared via the Creative Commons License. There are communities around the world which would be interested in collaborating on this project, and I think that the real-time feature would really help to bring all of us together. (One upcoming feature will focus on the enthusiast teacher community, and I believe that the real-time community would deliver something for them that they do not have similar access to today.)
We're completing an overhaul of design site-wide, and are looking forward to a re-launch of our forum, where it will be properly linked to from various parts of our site. (A previous design update had taken out many of the links while concentrating on polishing the core product, but now we're ready to integrate deeply with community features.)
Thank you for your great work. Our platform is expanding in usage, and I would be thrilled to introduce the community of learners and educators to NodeBB as the next-generation community platform.