I would like it if I could see easily what the topics of interest are on the forum. eg a hot button next to topics. ?Once the read, post numbers is analysed a button/banner next to the topic is lit. When the topic fades out of sight the read number provides a cut off point where the hot button is switched off. number of guests, anonymous and visible are listed at the bottom of every page. a page(s) that lists all topics currently being viewed, and by whom. Say a 5 min snapshot. This way you can follow people knowing they might lead you to something you didn't know.* I find that when I spend more time on the forum this is the info I need in order to visit previously unknown trains of thought. edit add : that* sounds a bit odd. I obviously mean that in a pure way. I guess people that deserve to be taken seriously can choose to log on as visible. I think listening to a particular person generally and in particular topics is a good thing. I don't see how that can be misused. add 2 : there's an interesting analogy here. There's a principle in running a shop. The more customers are seen to be in a shop the more customers end up being in the shop. The more people in the shop the more opinions can guide the format but importantly the more people the more likely people of caliber will read it and possibly teach.