heya, as i have only been a member for a few months, please excuse me if this has been a previous topic of discussion. on many boards there is an option to recieve an email notification from the message board server whenever someone has added a post in a thread which you are participating. i find this option -personally - of great convenience, and obviously it does not have to be compolsorary, allowing users to only recieve such mail if wanted. the only possible reasoning (appart from the coding itself) that you guys MAY not consider this suggestion, would be if you like the idea of people refreshing to view all threads, and thus may be attracted to newer posts, rather than lingering on those in progress (in which we are already participating). personally , the option does not deter me from viewing other threads, but acts as a helpful tool when there are multiple conversations on different boards within javaranch. thanks for your time -twans
When you start a thread, there's a checkbox on the page where you type in your post that you can check which will let you monitor a thread this way. The software doesn't support monitoring a thread that you didn't start. The new software, currently under development, support much richer set of options for watching threads and forums.