So to revisit the "Alert" button. Remember I'm a noob here, and was a noob with the old forum format too. I've noticed there seems to be temporal correlation with whether I receive an "alert" regarding a post. I get lots of alerts when a thread is pretty active and/or I have posted relatively recently. Always get an "alert" when I am quoted or a rating given. New posts are more variable. When I haven't posted for a while it seems to go cold. It won't alert new posts after a while. I can't tell how long it has to sit. However I have been able to find posts to older threads/forums by looking in the "Watched Forum"/"Watched Thread" heading. So nice workaround. Also I have been testing the "Follow Members" option (I'm not stalking! Ok, maybe a little...just for research... ). I thought their posts would show up in my alerts, but do not. They show up in my "News Feeds". Odd, but it works now that I know. What happens if you get a rating from someone you set on "ignore"? I know a post won't show up, but a rating too? I do not plan to personally test that one.