I'm going to bump this thread because it seems relevant.
At the top of this window under the User Control Panel you'll notice there are three options in blue: view unanswered posts, view new posts, and view active topics.
I'm aware that many people on this forum only visit The Pit, and the Halo forums, and it's why some people don't seem aware of stuff happening in the Image, Video, Blue, Announcement, War Room, and Ambassador forums.
I find that there is less info to sift through by using the View New Posts option. You only see what's new in relation to you, and you can choose what to read based on your interests, but at the very least you can see what's going on. I navigate the forums primarily through the view new posts function. I only go to the board index when I'm looking for something specific. It's a neat tool.
I don't use view unanswered posts very often, unless I'm curious. I sometimes use view active topics when all the new posts are gone because I signed out before reading some threads, or I just want to know what the forum thinks everyone is posting in.
I suggest you try using it for a few days if you've never used it before.
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