Jay, I’d like to add another suggestion. On many forums there is an icon with each thread that allows the returning member to click and go directly to the first post made since they were there last time. For example, if I last read post number 45 in the ABCXYZ thread, the icon would return me to post number 46 when I come back later.

This would be invaluable when the post count here start rising to high numbers.

Bugs Bunny: "I speak softly, but I carry a big stick."
Yosemite Sam: "Oh yeah? Well I speak LOUD! and I carry a BIGGER stick! and I use it, too!" BAM!