I I search inside wpForo, I will be forwared to the page with the search results. For example to here for a seach about "Hein".
On that page, I see initiately a form for the options of the search.
But I done the search to see the results of it. To see them, I have to scroll down on every search, since I have a small display only.
So I prefer to see the search results immediately.
I like the handling of Google: It shows the search phrase first, followed by a link to change the search options. After that, I see the search results. So I can see them without scrolling.
The same handling I wish for wpForo too. I believe, Google investigated a lot of time and money to find out, what the most users want and they are very successful. So maybe their handling will be prefered by a lot of users of wpForo too.
Until now, in 95% of my own searches in wpForo, I didn't change any search option. So in that cases, the initial shown search options bothered me. Maybe there are more people like me...
Yes, I know. But I believe, you didn't take enough time to understand what I tried to suggest to you. Maybe you are not interested to get feature request. I accept this.
the title of your topic says a bit different thing
Always other people are making mistakes only. You never, indeed. 😉
there is no easy way to do this now.
After you showed to, how I can do this, I tried. And it was easy.
I attached my suggestion for an implementation and two screen shot for it. On the first one, you see what happens immediately on searching: There is only the input field for the search phrase. But there is a second button for the "advanced options". If you click on it, you can see the additonal options.
Can you see the few changes with a mergin program, or should I offer them to you as a picture to show you, it's really some few changes only?
If you don't like suggestion it's Ok for me too.
it may require some UI/UX changes
... take a look to the great search engines like Google, Bing, etc. They are knowing, what people want.