Hey, Mark. It's a forum feature. In the title bar (up where your photo appears), there's a "New" pull down. Under that, you have an option to "Update". It's sort of like a Facebook status.
I ignore it. But it may interest you.
Thanks for the directions. But since I am Facebook phobic (I think it is a huge waste of time), I don't know what they want me to enter in the dialog that opens. Should I say what I had for breakfast?
I would like to ignore it too, but I also hate getting "junk" email.
Just say you're working away! No need to update unless you want to, after the initial "status".
-- sent from my iPhone4 --