I'm not a fan of the current permissions and user group system.
Managing user group permissions for forums is really time consuming, and the current system is extremely inefficient. There are some things such as "add global permission" that help cut down on work in SOME places. However for the vast majority of things... a lot of micromanagement is required.
I'd like to see in the future, a system which allows DEFAULT user permissions. And also the ability to set forced permissions for an entire GROUP (not just "on forum creation" defaults, or having to manually add a group permission for each user group.)
I'd like to enter a group, and set permissions for each user for that entire group in a simple dialogue box (similar to what already exists Default User Group permissions) but have those permissions be force applied, or be the standard for that entire group without having to micromanage each individual sub-forum (or use the "add permission" tool)
Additionally... it would be really nice to have DEFAULT user group permissions. So instead of having to set permissions for each user, for each forum, just for them to SEE it... all users WITHOUT a permission group assigned... automatically have a default permission (such as full access, or read only.)
This would mean instead of me having to manually assign EVERY group to EVERY forum, I could just micromanage outlier user groups for specific forums (so for instance if I don't want default users to see a forum, I could manually create a permission for them to NOT see that forum)
I think this would go a long way. LONG way. to making permission management easier, and more streamlined. Let me know what you think, or if you would like me to explain anything further.
Also if this functionality somehow already exists and I just missed it... please feel free to point it out.