When I come to visit the New Messages page, I have to scroll through every section and check out the date to see if it’s a new post or not. Have you considered a “last [x] days” post section, that pulls from all forums? That way, I could log in at least once a week, and still be fully up-to-date on everything…
I just hired a programmer to rewrite the message boards. I had it on my “to do” list, but kept not having time. The rewrite is his only priority, so unless he flakes out, the rewrite should happen quickly (within a few weeks).
I’ll make sure he does this as part of the rewrite.
I can’t talk about the new features yet, because we’re still analysing other boards to see what we like and don’t like.