How can I find new messages quickly?
The forums with new posts should show up because they're marked with a coloured logo like this: (http://forum.orpington-astronomy.org.uk/Themes/oas/images/on.gif)
The ones with no new posts have a grey logo instead: (http://forum.orpington-astronomy.org.uk/Themes/oas/images/off.gif)
If you click on the coloured logo (http://forum.orpington-astronomy.org.uk/Themes/oas/images/on.gif) you will be shown a short list of just the topics with new posts.
When you look at a list of posts the new ones should be marked with (http://forum.orpington-astronomy.org.uk/Themes/oas/images/english/new.gif). If you click on it you should be taken to a display scrolled so that the first new post is visible.
Also, recent changes get marked in bold with Today or Yesterday whether you've read them or not, and in the block under your name at the top (revealed by clicking the (http://forum.orpington-astronomy.org.uk/Themes/oas/images/upshrink2.gif)) there are two links:
Show unread posts since last visit.
Show new replies to your posts.
If you're seeing all the forums marked (http://forum.orpington-astronomy.org.uk/Themes/oas/images/on.gif) and lots of old posts marked (http://forum.orpington-astronomy.org.uk/Themes/oas/images/english/new.gif) then look for the MARK READ option above the list of topics in each forum, or the MARK ALL MESSAGES AS READ option at the bottom of the list of forums main forum page.