for those of you having problems/issues with seeing what's "unread" i feel your pain. the VBB system is not entirely as robust as the old system or other boards. as best i can tell, VBB has two mechanisms of deciding that you've "read" something. either (a) you click on it and read or (b) enough time goes by since you asked and were informed it was unread (if that parses). so here's what i'm doing, and it works really well for me. at the top right of your screen are five little checkboxy icons. these will at some point be replaced by real graphics and/or text-links. the 2nd and 3rd are your friends! the second one "View New Posts" will generate a list of stuff you haven't read (i've asked rob if it can be filtered to your subscribed forums). you can then zip through this list and open up the threads that you care to look at. once you're done, you hit the third button up there - "Mark All Forums Read" - and VBB knows the score. there's a slight timing issue to be aware of. if you spend a long time reading the threads and THEN say Mark All Forums Read you'll mark things created in the interim between your search and your finishing reading all those results. so you can do a right-click on Mark All Forums Read and open it in a new window immediately after the search is done. you'll still have your list to work from, and you shouldn't accidentally mark anything read that wasn't read. hope this is helpful. it's worked well for me. doody.