I didn't find a active topics button too.
But here is some tips.
-To find the newest topics, press the little "search" button on the upper right corner, and there search by date for a small date (like yesterday).
-When you browse the forums, a thread with a black point at the middle of its icon will indicate that you have already replied to this thread.
-A thread which's icon is yellow indicates there are new posts, a blue icon indicates there are no new posts.
-To be able to track certain topics, you can click the link at the end of the topic saying "Subscripe to this topic", and then you can check your topic subscriptions from the "User CP" (CP=Control Panel). Note that you will have to select a certain date to show the subscriptions from that date.
EDIT: I found the button.
After you log in, and on the main page of the PF (the home page), look at the upper right corner of the screen (not exactly the corner .. but ..).
You will see something saying "Welcome Back X", under it there is a link called "New Posts", simply click this one
Quite like the new site. Great speed, hopefully that isn't entirely dependent on the amount of data content.
Are you going to make the PF2 available or is it already. I'm sure there's heaps of stuff in there people would hate to lose or would prefer to not have to go over again. Things like the 'physics Napster' list or other personal crusades.
Also other helpful links would be nice, like in PF2 and the shuttle speed and stars thingy was kinda fun.
Although I love the new format and everything, one thing really saddens me. Each time we change our signature, it changes on all the posts we've made.
I kind of liked reading through the old posts in PF 2 and seeing all the different signatures that each member went through. Some of them were very worthy of notice.
Doesn't want to be a pain in the back side... but can't get his avatar to be the right size (64x64) and still be an animation. You managed to do this for me last time Greg...can I ask the same favour again?
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