Yes, I would like that too...as a filemaker beginner I have enough stress learning the program, this unfortunate forum format is very unfreindly..
If you search back through the Feedback forum, you'll find many posts of similar point of view. I'm not disagreeing with you, but do want to respond to a couple of points.
No Recent posts. What is the point of that?
Recent posts isn't perfect, but it's the closest modman has been able to come up with to give you a list where you can spot which threads have not been accessed by you. Yes, they added a boldface indicator for unread posts in the main list, but's not perfect so I believe he's keeping the Recent Items list in place until the Right Now folks fix some of the bugs involved. As it is, older posts originating from a few months back don't get included in the recent items list and aren't listed in bold face in the lower list when someone replies to them like they should. Unfortunately, the one way to spot them is to look for items near the top of the main list that aren't in Recent items.
You could mark favorite posts.
That is something you can do with this forum. If you look at the top of this thread, you'll see a link titled "Add to favorites" and a link next to your inbox titled "favorites". So you can add favorite threads to a personal list for fairly easy access.