I'm glad that it's not a final decision. I don't understand why you think that pagination is complicated and cumbersome.hanakin wrote: ↑Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:47 amAs you say "do you ever really go that deep on google results? maybe the first two pages that's it." Same with forums really...probably even more so. Again not sure how the implementation will go...
The fact that we use archaic pagination which is a very complicated and cumbersome process as opposed to straight lazy loading should be considered for simplification merits alone IMHO.
Anyway, I'll just use one more argument right below and I beg you to consider it.
Google results are one case where going deep is not what we'd usually want to do, alright. Forums too? Some, maybe.
However, forums can be anything. The community that hosts the forums can be anything too.
Going deeper and being able to do so easily certainly matters for many kinds of forums, and pagination can satisfy the navigational needs for all of them.
Is "load more" also appropriate for all kinds of forums? I don't think so. Thus, those kinds of forums need pagination.
In my opinion, "load more" can render useless many types of content.
Take YouTube comments, for example. On very popular YouTube videos will you ever see all the older discussions? No you won't, because at best you will scroll through the discussion for a few seconds before you realize that you don't want to go through infinite scrolling. Thus, old comments are rendered useless. Pity, because with the diversity of videos hosted on YouTube, old comments may contain useful pieces of information, instructions and tips. They can be entertaining too. And what if you can't read them all in one sitting? You better keep that browser tab open until you do, otherwise you won't go through scrolling again in order to touch the bottom! At least the YouTube devs were wise enough to finally make @mentions bold to stand out in comment replies after years and years of comment replies looking weird. It also took them a while to get the threaded comments right (well, almost) and to remove the Google+ madness, but then they removed pagination. Screw it, I'll just read the top comments.
Take YouTube search results, for example. They are not exactly like Google results where viewing the 1st and 2nd page is almost always satisfactory and sufficient (now I wonder why Google results don't have a "load more" button). I used to find lots of great videos by going deeper... well, until when there was a pagination at least. Now? Screw it. If the first results are not satisfactory I'm not going to scroll and scroll, because that clutters my screen and I can't delimit the content that I am viewing and it is annoying. I'm going to refine my search terms. So I'm really sorry smaller YouTubers - I may have missed your good content and I may never discover your channel!
Take IMDb reviews. I used to quickly scan the first pages, reading with a lot of suspicion and not taking the ratings seriously because there are too many paid reviews among them... and then I'd go deeper and deeper till the 10th page and then even deeper at random pages to make sure that people still write good comments about the movie. Then, earlier in 2018 they got rid of pagination and replaced it with a "load more" button and also narrowed the reviews' column. So now I stopped reading them. The navigation and the entire feature became useless!
P.S.: Let's be real. There's nothing wrong with the pagination usability and functionality. All these sites that implement "load more" are mainly doing it for the looks and trendiness, a cool button with a spinner, animations etc., because it's easier to think of a responsive design for a button that will fit nicely in your smartphone's screen. Also, perhaps they believe that their users are apes who are having trouble using pagination but won't have trouble interacting with a "load more" button which only requires a click to grasp the things it can do for them? A pagination can fit nicely too, and can look beautiful as well, but with a bit more effort.