yes! the forum software comes with many default settings. one thing i actually cared about and tried to fix was the minimum length for the title thread. right now that isn't possible to change unfortunately.
i will look into this badge stuff… i had previously not seen any of that at all. this is also partly due to the fact that i just rushed to get this public before my last tour, to cross it off my list of things to do or it would have never happened! i'm gonna try to get rid of the faq as well.
i really appreciate your interest and help on this site! as well, if anyone wants to be an admin to help take care of annoying things like this, i'm sure i can figure out how to grant that status.