On my forum, we have categories in which everyone is required to read every topic. I’ve been exploring the NEW and “Consider topics new when you haven’t viewed them yet” setting which seems to meet this requirement.
However, the process of reading through the list of new topics is cumbersome, especially when there are alot of them to go through. You have to go to NEW, click on a topic and read through it, go back to NEW and click on the next topic, and so on. To speed this up, I suggest adding a keyboard shortcut and link at the bottom of posts to go directly to the next new topic.
Perhaps the “There are 5 unread and 492 new topics remaining, or browse other topics in extensibility.” blurbage at bottom could be adjusted to read “There are 5 unread and 492 new topics remaining. Read next new topic or browse other topics in extensibility.”
(whoa: an aside. right after spending some time crafting this post, I dragged in a screenshot and it wiped out everything I had written except the first line! and meanwhile it is not displaying the preview on the right properly.)
Meanwhile, it seems to me also that this message, displayed when there are no matching topics, should actually reflect the current settings for the user instead of the default setting. Can this be changed?