There is no going back to old phpbb. In fact, we considered going with completely different forum software which would be a much larger shock to you. I strongly pushed in the direction of keeping the look and feel similar because i did not want to shock the users.
If you are visually impared, your best answer is a larger monitor because the larger web is going to be an issue for you as well ( especially with low contrast fonts being common these days ). I'm personally on the border of needing glasses, and i have a 28" 1080p monitor here. I run the endless sphere facebook group and the fonts are about 10px, which is smaller than what you see here. I can barely read it. But i deal.
I find that this theme scales well with ctrl+ and ctrl- in most browsers. Will work fine for 99% of most users. I cannot scale fonts to be much larger without putting many hours into reformatting the entire theme ( which is a multi day/multi week job ).
Everyone is fleeing from web forums to facebook because facebook is more convenient, more responsive, mobile compatible, and cleaner.amberwolf wrote: ↑Nov 18, 2017 2:07 pm(Side note: most of those "40000" members are either long gone, never even came back to read or post, or were just spammers--I bet that if you removed all zero-post members that haven't visited the board more recently than a year ago (in case there's some that might still come back), it'd cut the number of "members" in half, at least--probably even further.)
And it's not just endless sphere facebook that is displacing traffic from ES. It's also a couple dozen other ebike groups on facebook that are taking the eyes away from ES.
ES has to keep moving forward in order to survive in this kind of web environment. I don't believe that phpbb3.2 adds enough features to make it modern, myself. We will be hacking on better functionality later on, once all the bugs with themes and such have been shaken out.