I will often return to the OBS (Open Broadcaster System) forums after a week of being away. I go to the Mac support forum, and see all the new stuff since my last visit, and read them.
For any sense of the world “new”? It is new to me.
Since I want to keep up with OBS on the mac, I want to see everything posted that is new.
That includes both new topics, and new posts on existing topics.
And it isn’t just OBS. Any forum that I visit less than frequently will have stuff since my last visit that I have not seen. Being able to look at the new topics lets me see which topics are of interest that I will want to consider following. I may not check the minecraft forum on released mods very often, but when I do, I want to see what’s new, no longer work-in-progress, as some of them will be worth playing with and adding.
Maybe this is the issue. You seem to see this forum software as intended for current event discussions. Yes, there are many forums where topics generally die off after a week or two; there are forums where a topic more than 2 weeks stale is auto-locked. There are also forums where a topic will be active for years, or where the rule is “bump the oldest appropriate topic to keep all related discussion in one place” (similar to closing new bug reports as duplicates of older ones).
I guess the key issue for me is that I see forums as places to go to read about a topic even if it isn’t “right now” – that the difference between a news site (like Slashdot) and a forum site (like Giant in the Playground Forums or specifically Webcomics) is that I don’t have to go “right now” – I can catch up later.)
Oh – I attempted to respond by mail. I got, in response, this:
We’re sorry, but your email message to [“email@example.com”] (titled Re: [Discourse Meta] [feature] “New topics”: Please track per-user info) didn’t work.
Your reply was sent from a different email address than the one we expected, so we’re not sure if this is the same person. Try sending from another email address, or contact a staff member.
Perhaps the email can contain some sort of magic cookie to include in the response text (even a copy of that magic cookie reply-to address) so that it can be known to be valid? All of my email eventually comes to the same mail reader client, with different addresses getting different tags/mailboxes (or outright spam filter if completely invalid), and the same outgoing email.