Yeah, I ended up working it out by checking the dates of the last posted messages and going to each forum individually, thus getting caught up proper. And the way I have always viewed messages on here is View New Posts, then open each thread from the list in a new window. Some people hate this method, but I have always found it to be tidy like using frames, only manually. Oh, and thanks for the info on how the time expiration works!
I meant no offense in the comparison to ezboard. BTW, we Netscape users don't have to deal with the pop-ups because we can disable it.