rangard saidthis is definitely an old-fashioned type message board. the new boards are a lot easier to navigate and keep track of posts. one huge thing on newer boards is the "first unread post" button. it will take you the first post in a thread that is new since your last visit. saves a ton of time.
one thing that is annoying on this board, is that once you've posted to it, you see it every time it's bumped. for instance, i posted to a couple of the "guy above you" threads...and i regret each and every post. those damn things don't die.
Yes. I've been on boards with better message management tools, to include message notifications that take me directly to the post. Some let you block an entire thread if it's not of interest to you, not only just individual posters, or even all threads from a given topic forum. You can in effect custom design the kind of site you want it to be based on your own set of interests, with the given option range.
At the same time, RJ doesn't seem as prone to getting spam attacks as these other boards. I don't know if that's because of basic differences in the different software they use, that leads to greater system vulnerabilities, or simply a matter of how closely the operators monitor for such disruptive invasions.
The social site glee (gay, lesbian & everyone else) has a format I've enjoyed, with many of these features, plus you can create your own chat groups, store more photos, and have your own blog to post lengthier items that are exclusively yours, any comments from others merely being linked, but not in the body of the blog directly. Gives me more freedom to tell my stories, sometimes even "serializing" them like chapters, something I can't do in a message board format of open threads.
But 2 problems for me with glee. One is I really only care about the "g" part. If you think you read a lot of stories of unhappy gay breakups and bad relationships on RJ, try adding in the lesbians, too. Also, I find the glee focus a bit too fuzzy, whereas RJ has a more narrowly-defined mission statement. Not that we don't go in lots of directions, but having an overall primary goal helps.
Last, glee got some bad spam attacks for a while. Not sure if that's been corrected, but that's when I started looking for options, and stumbled across RJ. I find it a more satisfying & consistently entertaining site, despite the software limitations.