You might be right by "design is never finished though, there is always something to improve on.
As for my input on what could be done to improve the information architecture, the thing is, we also don’t want to make the right info hard to find for the users, one of the ways i solved that was to reduce the frontpage topics from over 60 to 30, so that the user can always see the most recent posts without having to go through a stream of information, if they want more they can use the pagination links below. if i reduced the topics to about 10 users might not easily find anything interesting due to rate at which topics are being pushed to the frontpage.
Another thing that can work here is, users subscribing to the forum categories so that they only see information based on what they have subscribed to on the frontpage, that wont work for general site visitors though because they are not logged in.
If we take a look at apps such as facebook , twitter and instagram, there is an endless scroll of feeds and even different things displayed within the reach of the user, in the case of facebook, stories, chat, groups and page notifications, can we say that is also overwhelming? the autoload feature wont work for nairaland that was the reason i used pagination instead.
instagram for example stories and feeds from followers dominates the homepage, i tried to make sure the 2 most important things ( forum categories, subcategories card at the top and the recommended topics card right after the ads) are well displayed, enough to give to user direction on how to access more information if required, everything on that page is secondary.
A user might decide to login or not, most of the information on nairaland can be accessed without logging on to the site.
I stand to be corrected.